Intelligent Design

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People, places and things. I have an insatiable appetite to learn as much as I can about all three. This is especially true about animals which are in the category of things.

While I cannot subscribe to outright creationism, that denies Darwin’s views; neither can I accept the contentions of blanket evolution.

I do subscribe to the idea of Intelligent Design (ID). Whenever I see a beautiful home, I presume there was an architect. When I see a watch, I know that it did not accidentally put itself together. There had to be a designer or watch maker.

The supposition of this article is to give examples of unique animals that reflect Intelligent Design. It is essential to consider time as basic to the development of each animal.

On a recent cruise to Alaska, I finished the lecture and asked if the audience had any questions. I had just told them of the absence of snakes in Alaska, but there were billions of mosquitoes.

A young boy raised his hand and asked me if there were frogs in Alaska. I asked several citizens and they answered with an “I don’t know.” After much research I have the answer. There is one type of frog called the “WOOD FROG.” It is different from any other frog.

As Winter approaches the wood frog burrows under decaying leaves and all physical attributes shut down. They stop breathing, eat nothing, circulation stops and their eyeballs freeze. Blood flow and heart beat cease.

They are dead for all intents and purposes. When Spring approaches, they start thawing out and are resurrected. They hop around like before they froze. They use “cryoprotectant” chemicals to survive freezing temperatures.

The wood frog ranges in size from 1.5 to 3.0 inches in length. They love to eat spiders, beetles, slugs and snails. Intelligent Designer at work.

The Arctic Tern is an amazing bird. It is lightweight, weighing only 10 to 12 ounces. A recent Discovery episode declared it to be the most durable of all animals.

The tern makes the longest migration of any bird. They annually make a 21,000 round-trip migration from Antarctic to Alaska. They spend their summer in Tracy Arms, close to Sawyer glaciers.

They are all white with a black skull cap, red legs and a red beak. They eat small fish and insects and live up to 20 years.

Wikipedia describes them, “They are lighter and more streamlined than gulls, and look elegant in flight with long tails and long narrow wings.” Intelligent Designer at work.

What an amazing creature is the caterpillar. Of course, the most amazing attribute is that it turns into a butterfly. It is earthly, ugly, creepy, destructive and it becomes a thing of beauty.

They each have 4,000 muscles, with 248 in their head alone. We humans have only 629 muscles.

Caterpillars have a tubular body with at least 36 legs. For defensive purposes they secrete fowl odors and a poison. The metamorphism from caterpillar to butterfly begins with an egg. The larva hatches into the caterpillar and then it turns into a pupa. A beautiful butterfly emerges.

Nature does its thing. I heard of a scientist who tried to help the butterfly by slicing the pupa. He killed the butterfly. It was created by Intelligent Design.

Inky the Octopus is one of my favorite small animals. Recently it was reported from New Zealand that Inky escaped from the National Aquarium. He or she is a global folk hero.

“The size of a basketball, Inky the mollusk squeezed through a narrow gap in its tank, flopped to the floor, slithered to a drainpipe and dropped down the 164 foot long pipe into the sea.”

Marine biologists describe octopi as extremely intelligent; they learn quickly and solve problems. Each one has its own distinct personality.

The pressing question? Do they have feelings? Are they self-aware? And, should we humans accord them moral status?

I have one basic problem with Intelligent Design. As noted Scientist, Owen Gingerich says. “It (Intelligent Design) doesn’t take into consideration the concept of evolution and natural mutations.”

I believe that any understanding of Intelligent Design must include the possibility of both of them.

Amen. Selah. So be it.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Arguments from Ignorance and Incredulity. I must inform the author that Intelligent Design (ID) is anti-science, pseudoscience dishonest nonsense without a shred of positive, testable empirical evidence. Deemed not science but religion by both the science community and the federal courts. ID proposes no mechanism of action, is unfalsifiable, proposes no tests, has no published peer reviewed articles and disingenuously claims it does not say who or what the designer is (wink wink it’s the Christian god). On the other-hand, Evolution is the most well established, most thoroughly supported, most tested theory in all of science. There is not one shred of evidence that disputes it even after 150 years of anti-science religious inspired loons trying – including the author of this drivel.

  2. Intelligent Design (ID) has been deemed by the scientific community as dishonest anti-science pseudoscience nonsense without a shred of testable falsifiable empirical evidence to support it. ID has also been ruled by the federal courts (see Kitzmiller v Dover) as NOT science. Whereas evolution is the basis and foundation of all the biological sciences, with a Mount Everest worth of data and evidence – from virtually ALL fields of science – backing it up. There is NOT one shred of evidence that disputes the most well established, the most tested and verified theory in all of science. The FACT of evolution is explained – in quite comprehensive and thorough detail by the Theory of Evolution. To deny this fact and to suggest that ID is a viable hypothesis or alternative, one has to be either willfully ignorant, delusional or flat-out dishonest.

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