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At the Atlantic: Textbook evolution story is said to be WRONG


What’s happening at The Atlantic these days?

Do you remember: “Now what? The Atlantic fails to show proper respect to the Darwin lobby” from a month ago?

And now this:

For 50 years, researchers have thought that moths evolved ears to detect the ultrasonic calls of attacking bats—but a new study shows that ears came first…

A team of researchers led by Akito Kawahara of the University of Florida has now shown that moth ears almost always evolved before bat sonar. They came first, by at least 28 million years. Their original purpose is unclear—but spotting bats wasn’t it. “I think it’s going to be a bit of a bombshell for the field,” Kawahara says.

“Most of the introductions I’ve written in my papers are wrong,” adds Jesse Barber of Boise State University, who has studied bats and moths for years, and was involved in the new study.

Ed Yong, “A Textbook Evolutionary Story About Moths and Bats Is Wrong” at The Atlantic

Hadn’t the Darwin lobby better invade and frogmarch all these little East Coast snots back into line? They must never talk in such a way as to imply that Darwinism could be wrong about anything.

The timing is critical. It takes three to make a trend. The Atlantic could still run a major feature on how Darwinism makes people compassionate or “Darwin led me to a Higher Faith” or… something.

Or… someone should give them Suzan Mazur’s books for Christmas. No one has more painstakingly documented the many scientists who do not find the Darwinian paradigm useful any more. And she isn’t an ID type or religious. But they better decide.

You can make surprised comments about new findings, as long as you sound SURPRISED. You will only be frog-marched into professional obscurity if you attempt to suggest that perhaps The Theory might be a tad shop-worn and threadbare here in the ultra-modern, super whizz-bang, Buck Rogers 21st Century. vmahuna
Again, the conventional story doesn't make sense even within Darwin's rules. A hugely complex system like hearing can't pop up all at once. It would consume too much energy during the millions of years required for beta testing before it was useful. Random variation with selection COULD and DOES account for gradual adjustments and fittings between moth hearing and bat sonar. Moths with somewhat better HF response would survive better, and bats with better detection for moth-shaped and moth-textured items would eat better in locations where moths are common. But the overall systems had to be there first, which is impossible by variation and selection. polistra

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