Intelligent Design The Water Strider: Evolution’s Gratuitous Explanations Posted on August 18, 2009August 18, 2009 Author Cornelius HunterComments(10) Spread the loveNew research is telling us more about how water striders, those bugs that walk on water, get such long legs. Read more
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Sorry, but I don’t get your point. You quote and boldface for emphasis:
To continue with your analogy, I am not sure I read anyone “claiming to have discovered how the doors evolved.” Rather, I read the excitement at discovering the robot (i.e., the gene) that has affected the change.
I can see that we want to know more about this gene and what “robot” installed it. Very interesting and important stuff.
Or have I missed the point completely?
Just imagine the possibilities this raises wrt genetic engineering! A man walking on water? Not so much of a miracle after all!
Perhaps this is an example of what philosophers call incommensurability. Is it conceivable that this gene that causes (or helps to cause) the formation of the limbs is not the blind cause of the original appearance of the limbs, as the evolutionist so claims?
In other words, is it possible that the evolutionary account (which roughly is that there was this bug a long time ago which suffered some mutations which happened to result in a regulatory protein modifying the limb lengths just right so the bug could start to walk on water; it worked pretty well and some more mutations came along and made it work even better; and then some more mutations, and it worked really well) is not true?
“Not so much of a miracle after all!”
Indeed. The virgin birth, talking donkey etc were miracles because we don’t know how they work.
Makes one wonder what the attitude towards God would be once some of these things are explained. Oh, wait….
Cornelius, you don’t actually believe that long legs are the water strider’s secret to walking on water, do you? If so, drop a daddy long-legs spider onto still water sometime and explain why he sinks, long legs and all.
The secret to water striders is that their legs are non-wetting and hydrophobic, which enables them to perch on the surface tension of the water. The non-wetting hydrophobicity is caused by legions of tiny hairs (microsetae) on their legs.
Cornelius Hunter (3),
Yes, it’s possible that evolutionary account is wrong but discovery of the gene makes it’s being wrong less likely. And the element you miss in your account is natural selection: once the ability to walk on water began, different leg lengths would arise in their various offspring (just as humans are of varying leg lengths); but some would walk on water better than others, with better consequences for their ability to capture food and reproduce; and those with legs close to the optimum leg length would thus have better chance of leaving offspring, also with a spread of leg lengths around the optimum. Not so unusual
What would the genetic engineers have to change?
Or are you once again just spewing nonsense?
Cornelius: I’m glad you commented on the weakness of this newest scientific “discovery.” It’s been apparent for a while that the Darwinists are trying to shift the “origin of life” debate from terra firma to outer space. The lack of evidence for Darwinism on a 4.5-billion year old planet teeming with life has forced them (ever so quietly) to use barren ice rocks as the source of their theory. There is a precedent for this bait-and-switch. Cosmologists have been so paralyzed by the Anthropic Theory (because it supports theism) that they’ve enthusiastically developed the Multiverse Theory. The same thing is happening in biology. We need to call them out on it. If you’re interested, I’ve posted some more thoughts on my blog: http://mustardseednovel.blogsp.....-fine.html
Hunter @ (3):
Where in the article does it claim that this gene is responsible for the “original appearance of the limbs”?
Which is an interesting question. Have you ever noticed that many different kinds of insects can support themselves on water? I have. Most ants I have seen manage it quite well, even flies. Ants and flies are not well adapted to living on water but it is a start. All that is necessary is that their body weight not exceed the ability of the surface tension of the water to hold them up.
Certainly it is possible that the current evolutionary explanation as presented in the paper is incorrect. Did you read the paper?
What is more amazing to me is that somehow nature managed to evolve legs that just reach the water.
Curious the you don’t mention that the evolutionist who added his “…gratuitous, scientifically meaningless, interpretation of the findings…” was actually the leader of the team that did the research and was also one of the coauthors of the paper.