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Dave Coppedge on how whales give evidence for the design of life

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The Illustra Media documentary Living Waters: Intelligent Design in the Oceans of the Earth shares amazing information about humpback whales: their enigmatic songs, their multiple adaptations for aquatic life that defy the evolutionary mechanism, and the “miraculous web” of blood vessels that refrigerates the male reproductive organs to safe levels for sperm production. All of it defies explanations based on natural selection. But that’s just the beginning when it comes to the largest animals that have ever lived — larger even than the largest dinosaurs (see Brian Switek’s discussion on Slate). Want to see humpback songs as sheet music? The Smithsonian has printouts and recordings.

More About the Male Refrigeration System
The system actually works better when the whale swims hard. How can that be, when the testes are located right between the abdominal swimming muscles? It’s like trying to keep a refrigerator cold between two furnaces.

It works because the blood pumps harder during exercise, allowing more heat to escape into the water through the dorsal fin and tail. The higher volume of cool venous blood then enters the “miraculous web” (Latin rete mirabile, read more here) between the abdominal muscles, where the heat from the arteries is transferred to the cooler veins before entering the testes. It’s a marvelous solution: a “counter-current heat exchanger” (CCHE) mechanism.

As Richard Sternberg and Paul Nelson explain in the film, without both internal testes and the refrigeration mechanism existing simultaneously, natural selection would halt, and whales would have gone extinct. Females, too, have a CCHE to protect the young during pregnancy. Similar CCHE systems are found in other marine mammals such as manatees and seals, providing more unlikely examples of “convergent evolution.”

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5 Replies to “Dave Coppedge on how whales give evidence for the design of life

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    Seversky says:

    Yes, whales are marvelous creatures and we don’t have their complete evolutionary history but simply arguing that they must therefore have been designed doesn’t actually fill in all the blanks either. But then ID isn’t about scientific explanations so much as propping up religious beliefs.

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    Nonlin.org says:

    Whereas “evolution” is about propping up religious belief. Namely atheism. In direct opposition to the overwhelming evidence against said “evolution”

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    BobRyan says:

    There’s design in everything.

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    Silver Asiatic says:

    ID is not about propping up religious beliefs, but it does give help answering some of the essential questions that everyone should ask about their life. What does it mean to lead a good life? How can I be good myself? Does that even matter? What is the value of faith? What about suffering – in myself or in others? What causes should we contribute to and how much? What about death? Is there real meaning in life and in death?
    These are things we should ask about and also we should accept answers when given.
    ID is true whether there is religious belief or not. It doesn’t matter that way.
    But ID contributes to those questions that are essential in any thoughtful human life.
    Ignoring those questions or even worse, ridiculing them – is just a means of wasting and abusing one’s own life and losing all of the opportunity that life provides. It ends up as a poorly lived life, one that is ill-considered and is lacking contemplation on the greatest things.

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    ET says:

    The ONLY thing ID has to do with religion is that it allows one to be an intellectually fulfilled theist. Other than that, ID doesn’t fit any of the definitions of religion.

    That said, evolution by means of blind and mindless processes relies on ignorance and blind faith.

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