ICR: The Mosquito Is a Miracle

This tragically silly article from the creation scientists at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) is the best thing we could find this evening — and that’s good news. It means that it’s the best the creationists have to offer. You can get a sense of the article’s brilliance from its title: High Frequency Mosquito Flight Shows Design.

It was written by Frank Sherwin, M.A. (Note that he touts his Master’s degree.) At the end of the article he’s described as “Research Associate, Senior Lecturer, and Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.” This is his writeup at the Encyclopedia of American Loons. ICR has a bio page on the guy: Frank Sherwin. Here are some excerpts from Sherwin’s post, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

The fossil record shows that the amazing variety of insects has remained similar with no compelling evidence of insect evolution. … In addition, secular entomologists must suppose flying insects somehow came from non-flying counterparts despite the lack of evidence.

It appears that Sherwin doesn’t have access to the internet. If he did, he could look at Wikipedia’s article on Evolution of insects. Then he says:

Meanwhile, science itself has shown mosquitos (Diptera) have always been mosquitos. Like all insects, there is no evidence of their supposed evolution from a non-mosquito ancestor, so they continue to fascinate and confuse entomologists with their incredible design.

After that revelation he tells us:

ICR has speculated on what they might have fed on prior to the Fall.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! He has a footnote that mentions an article he wrote, but we won’t let ourselves be distracted. Sherwin continues:

Nature magazine recently published a fascinating article on high frequency mosquito flight.

He’s referring to this: Smart wing rotation and trailing-edge vortices enable high frequency mosquito flight, but you can’t read it without a subscription. Here’s what Sherwin says about it:

Mosquitos are tiny, but their narrow, long wings can flap as much as 800 flaps per second! Bees flap at a mere 230 per second, and hummingbirds at a sluggish 50-60 per second. God created two sophisticated mechanisms to enhance the mosquito’s lift that seem to be unique to these pesky creatures.

Amazing! Let’s read on:

The last paragraph of the article [in Nature] has the required nod to evolutionism [Hee hee!] with the authors saying,

[Sherwin quotes Nature:] It remains an open question as to why mosquitos have evolved to operate far outside the usual bounds of kinematic patterns used by other insects.

It may be an open question for those godless scientists, but Sherwin isn’t stumped. In his final paragraph he announces:

“Far outside the usual bounds,” as if these researchers really understand the limits of creation. Perhaps it’s the Creator’s way of informing secular researchers (and their readers) of the incredible case for creation seen in the smart wing rotation of the common mosquito.

Sherwin is right, of course. The mosquito is great evidence for creation — if you’re a creationist.

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14 responses to “ICR: The Mosquito Is a Miracle

  1. When we understand something in nature according to the laws of nature, isn’t that showing us how wonderful the design of God.
    When we don’t understand, doesn’t that show that only God could do it.

  2. “Mosquitos are tiny”
    The elephant mosquito can grow 1,5 inch = 4 cm long.

  3. Doctor Stochastic

    Does ICR explain why Noah didn’t swat both mosquitoes when he had the chance?

  4. Does ICR explain why Noah didn’t swat both mosquitoes when he had the chance?

    He was too busy shoveling dinosaur poop over the side?

  5. Ross Cameron

    Never mind the life of mossies. Why did the creator design them to carry malaria and other insect-borne diseases?

  6. Richard Bond

    Put simply, so many creationist arguments are:

    Science cannot (yet?) explain the evolution of X, therefore evolution cannot explain anything.

    Even if those who promulgate this nonsense have never heard of Hume’s problem of induction, can they not see the utter inadequacy of this “reasoning”?

  7. Ceteris Paribus

    Sherwin announces: “Perhaps it’s the Creator’s way of informing secular researchers (and their readers) of the incredible case for creation seen in the smart wing rotation of the common mosquito.

    Hell NO! Anyone who has ever gone fishing in Minnesota knows full well that mosquitoes were a special creation of Satan.

  8. One blood sucker admiring another.

  9. What I don’t get is why the designer put so much effort into perfecting mosquito flight and so little into the human foot, knee and hip.

  10. Why did the designers put so much effort in designing the laws of nature, only to end up with a situation where more design was needed to overcome the laws of thermodynamics to make life possible?
    And then more design was needed to make mosquito flight possible?
    Some designers designed gravity and air and living things in such a wonderful way, that the only way that mosquitoes could fly would take a miracle.

    Every argument which is based on how complicated a particular design is, is telling us first that there is something in the universe which poses a extremely difficult problem. The designers of the universe designed intricate problems.

  11. Obviously, before the Fall mosquitoes fed on Summer sausage!

  12. It’s “tragically,” dear Curmudgeon. You never want to spell like a Creationist.

  13. Ross Cameron reasonably asks, “Never mind the life of mossies. Why did the creator design them to carry malaria and other insect-borne diseases?”

    On a different site, I once argued that *Plasmodium falciparum*, the malaria parasite, is clearly the most important species designed and given life by the creator. Human beings and other warm-blooded animals are necessary hosts during one stage if its life, whereas mosquitoes are required for another. Obviously we and mosquitoes were designed here on earth to serve whatever larger purpose the creator envisioned for the parasite. The Discoveroids need to embark on a research program to discover that purpose.