I hope I am not interrupting a heated exchange over pepperology* but I thought I’d share this:
Well, the Darwinian theory is that the wasp and the orchid evolved by slow steps toward this resemblance, purely by natural selection.
That is, the plants and insects that looked most like each other were naturally selected for.
Somewhat like an accidental version of Swan Lake.
I have the same reaction as you. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think it likely happened that way.
The amount of entirely blind, unreasoning coordination that is actually required is stupefyingly improbable, as compared with both life forms just going extinct. UNLESS some underlying law or design is invoked.
Still, I admit I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know. Perhaps for one dyad of life forms in an entire universe it could happen.
But similar feats claimed for hundreds? Thousands? ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ridiculous.
But do keep in mind that I am neither a Darwinist nor a materialist. I do not need to believe that stuff just because my assent will help rescue Darwinism or materialism from the rather capacious attic of failed Big Ideas.
I know of no reason why the universe could not show evidence of either intelligent design or underlying laws that govern the evolution of living forms. Or another principle of which I have not yet heard.
Therefore, when I am asked to believe entirely improbable feats of natural selection, I remind myself, Ã¢â‚¬Å“When in doubt, doubt, and if it sounds unbelievable, donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe it.Ã¢â‚¬Â
So it is okay with me to just not believe it.
I do NOT need to know exactly how it happened in order to doubt a Darwinist/materialist explanation. Any more than I need to know who Jack the Ripper was in order to doubt the claim that it Ã¢â‚¬Å“would have beenÃ¢â‚¬Â Queen Victoria in disguise, according to the latest theory of evolutionary psychology. (No, I haven’t heard that one yet, but go here for a theory worthy of the same sort of attention.)
Also, Today at the Mindful Hack
Still more surprising information from neurosurgeon Mike Egnor’s caseload about how people can manage with greatly reduced brains.
*pepperology – In Canada, we got into nukes sixty years ago or so. You’ve no idea the trouble that saves, and you don’t need hot weather. You can generate your own hot weather. So I recommend that you dudes go nuclear. Why worry about the Scoville Scale when you could, like, do Armageddon?