The Drool-o-tron™ has been silent lately, but suddenly called to us with its sirens and flashing lights. The blinking letters of its wall display said WorldNetDaily (WND). As you know, WND was an early winner of the Curmudgeon’s Buffoon Award, thus the jolly logo displayed above this post.
The Drool-o-tron™ had locked our computer onto this headline at WND: Are octopuses from another planet? It was written by Joseph Farah, founder, CEO, and editor of WND. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections [that look like this]:
Have you ever looked at octopuses and wondered how such a complex creature unlike any other evolved? You’re not alone. Dyed-in-the-wool evolutionary scientists have the same problem. And when 33 of them got together to come up with a new peer-reviewed scientific study of the mystery, they determined octopuses could just be aliens from outer space.
This is the same thing we wrote about a week ago — see Is the Octopus an Alien Species? WND has had a lot of time to think about it, and now we have the result. Farah says:
That doesn’t mean the idea is being taken altogether seriously by the rest of the scientific community, yet, so far, there’s been no call to ex-communicate the 33 credentialed scholars from the academy. Apparently, that is a distinction reserved only for those who question the dogma of evolution as the only acceptable explanation for the diversity of life on Earth. However, the paper, published in Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology, has been scoffed at as hair-brained and unscientific – as one might expect.
Your Curmudgeon is one of those scoffers. Farah then spends several paragraphs gushing about the Cambrian explosion, about which he says:
[D]uring this period, virtually all animal kinds appeared simultaneously [Hee hee!] – and they resemble the animal kingdom we are familiar with today. There’s been diversification, of course, but not new animal life forms that cannot be explained through adaptation rather than what we think of as “macro-evolution” – one kind, or species, changing into another kind.
After that creationist clunker, he tells us:
So, this new study actually suggests a kind of wholesale invasion from outer space precipitated the “Cambrian explosion.” The paper, thus, asks whether this event, which saw the rapid emergence of most of the main animal groups that still exist on Earth today, was “terrestrial or cosmic.” Their conclusion is the latter.
Skipping a few paragraphs about the octopus, Farah continues:
Like creationists, the scientists don’t seem to have enough faith in evolution to allow that modern cephalopods could have evolved to their present form. So, the latter propose the possibility that octopuses are the descendants of creatures that arrived on Earth frozen in an icy comet.
Yeah, that explains panspermia — not enough faith in evolution. He ends with this:
Call it yet another “crisis of evolution.” I don’t know about you, but, just saying, I prefer to accept that God created the octopus, like all other life forms.
We don’t think it’s a crisis of evolution. It’s a crisis in peer review.
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