This is yet another dazzling argument from the Discovery Institute to persuade you that their “theory” about an intelligent designer — blessed be he — is responsible for the universe, the Earth’s biosphere, and you. It’s titled Birds, Insects, and What They Share, and it has no author’s byline. We’ll give you a few excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Biologists are improving photographic techniques to study the intricacies of flight. Let’s look at what two research labs have been observing about birds and insects. They share amazing similarities in their flight strategies, despite the vast phylogenetic distance between them. This will give us an opportunity to ask what kind of cause could account for these similarities.
What kind of cause? How about the fact that that any organism able to fly in the Earth’s atmosphere had to gradually evolve the ability to deal with the same natural conditions? To no one’s surprise, the Discoveroids don’t mention that — except dismissively. We’re going to skip their links to and quotes from various articles about birds and fruit flies, and how they are seen to fly, change direction, and hover. Instead, we’ll get right to the creationism:
So how do hummingbirds and fruit flies share similar wingbeat designs that allow them to hover, despite being phylogenetically distant? Evolutionists sometimes speak as if the environment itself causes different animals to arrive at the same solution (they call it “convergent evolution”). But that cannot be the vera causa (true cause).
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] The Discoveroids are seeking the vera causa! Isn’t that wonderful? They say:
Constraints cannot bring something into being to meet the constraints. It takes engineering to design a system able to take advantage of opportunities in spite of constraints. It takes superb engineering to optimize a function within the constraints.
They’re right! Problems don’t solve themselves. A problem requires a problem solver! Only a fool would deny it! Then they tell us:
The student learns from the master. If top engineers at Caltech and Stanford study fruit flies and birds for decades and still have more to learn, who is the master?
What a profound question! Perhaps the Discoveroids can answer it for us. They continue:
It’s not so much the insect or bird; they do what they were programmed to do.
That makes sense. Then who — who? — is the master? The Discoveroids reveal that at the end:
The master is the mind that did the programming: an intelligent mind able to teach our designing minds a thing or two about engineering.
Aha! At last we understand. The Discoveroids were right all along. Our foolish doubts have been resolved.
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