This is an odd one from the Discovery Institute. Well, they’re all odd, but this is especially so. It’s Biologist “Flabbergasted” by Lungless Frog. The author is Cornelius Hunter. Here’s the Discoveroids’ write-up on him.
Impressed? He’s not only a Discoveroid fellow, he teaches at Biola University. That’s the California bible college founded in 1908 as the Bible Institute Of Los Angeles. We’ve previously posted about the interlocking relationships between the Discovery Institute and Biola. And as we reported earlier, for the celebration of their centennial year, Biola honored Philip E. Johnson: Godfather of Intelligent Design.
Okay, we’ve got a Discoveroid fellow from a bible college. It doesn’t get any more scientific than that! Here are some excerpts from his essay, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Why do biologists travel the world over? They go to the bottom of the ocean and to the tops of mountains, to deserts and jungles. The reason is they are rewarded for their efforts. The one rule in biology is there are no rules. Everything is different, and everywhere is different.
Got that? Good. Then he says:
When John Ray toured Europe for three years, from 1663 to 1666, studying the flora and fauna, he found the organisms and their interactions were different everywhere he went. Biology is full of diversity, and it makes no sense in the light of evolution.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s the Discoveroids’ response to the well-known statement by Theodosius Dobzhansky: Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution. After that, Cornelius shifts from Europe to Borneo and tells us:
Consider Barbourula kalimantanensis, the frog that has no lungs. These small, elusive, lungless amphibians live in cold, fast rivers, deep in the rainforests of Borneo. Ten years ago David Bickford and his patient international team of biologists worked hard and long to find some specimens for their study. Bickford and his colleagues had an idea of what they were looking for, but they had no idea, and no reason to suspect, that the two-inch frog would be lungless.
Wikipedia has a write-up it: Bornean flat-headed frog, which says:
The frog breathes entirely through its skin, and its internal organs (the stomach, spleen and the liver) take up much of the space which normally would be filled by the lungs. By retaining the lunglessness of their tadpole stage, the frogs are much flatter than typical frogs, which might help absorb oxygen and avoid being swept away in fast streams.
What lesson does a Discoveroid learn from that? Cornelius tells us:
It was all a lesson, once again, in biology’s only rule [that there are no rules], and that exploration seems to always pay off: [alleged quote from Bickford].
The Discoveroid lesson goes on:
If such a sophisticated development plasticity could have evolved — “and oh! what a big if!” — it would provide no immediate fitness improvement, and so would not be selected for. It would be subject to harmful mutations, and be long forgotten in the annals of evolutionary history.
But the frog exists! How does the bible college professor explain it? Here it is, in the conclusion of his essay:
This is intelligent adaptation, which, to repeat, makes no sense in the light of evolution.
That was bad — even for a Discoveroid post. Can you make any sense of it, dear reader?
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