Were told that reproducibility is what endows evolution (i.e., NS+RM) with the necessary power for overcoming huge obstacles of complexity.
However, does this same argument apply to the structures that organisms construct? DNA can produce, and then reproduce, an ‘eye,’ but how, exactly, does DNA produce and reproduce an architectural plan?
For example, a group of biologists, engineers and other scientists, led by scientist from Imperical College, London have used 3D X-ray imaging to explore and understand the structure underlying nests built by termites. It’s really quite incredible.
A group of engineers, biologists, chemists and mathematicians lead by Imperial College London, the University of Nottingham, and CNRS-Toulouse have looked closer than ever before at how these nests work using 3-D X-ray imaging. They found small holes, or pores, in the walls of termite mounds which help them stay cool, ventilated, and dry.
Lead author Dr. Kamaljit Singh, from Imperial’s Department of Earth Science and Engineering, said: “Termite nests are a unique example of architectural perfection by insects. The way they’re designed offers fascinating self-sustaining temperature and ventilation controlling properties throughout the year without using any mechanical or electronic appliances.”
Who would have thought that termites, using random mutations, could turn themselves into master architects!! They’re creators of “architectural perfection”.
In fact, it’s such an outstanding design that the authors tell us this:
Dr. Singh said: “Not only do these remarkable structures self-ventilate and regulate their own temperatures—they also have inbuilt drainage systems. Our research provides deeper insight into how they manage this so well.”
The scientists say the newly found architecture within termite nests could help us improve ventilation, temperature control, and drainage systems in buildings—and hopefully make them more energy efficient.
They’ve out-designed humans! Bravo!
But there is this question: where are we to locate the architectural plans for these nests? IOW, are they found in some kind of organelle in some cell somewhere? Is there some kind of termite boarding school where all this fascinating archticture is taught and learned?
Or, is this “knowledge” contained in their DNA and copied in just the same way as all DNA is copied by the cell and then transmitted? Isn’t this the likely answer?
But this implies, does it not, that DNA can contain–is the respository of, “knowledge” simply as “knowledge”? And isn’t “knowledge” the work of ‘minds’? Isn’t it only the ‘mind’ that can discover, distinguish, appropriate and value “knowledge”? If so, then isn’t the conclusion we should take away from what termites are able to accomplish one of DNA being completely capable of harmonizing itself with the work of a ‘mind’?
I suspect there are a few evolutionary biologists (Darwinists) who might disagree with this notion.