June 20, 2002 | David F. Coppedge

Fishing for Darwinian Stories

51; Stickleback fish can learn from each other where the best food sources are.  This proves you brain’s remarkable learning abilities have their roots in fish heads, according to science news sources this week.  Science Daily said the findings by UK scientists “show that the cognitive mechanisms underlying cumulative cultural evolution may be more prevalent in nonhuman animals than currently believed.”  Live Science used the E-word evolution three times in its coverage.  And the BBC News told its readers that “the findings contribute to the understanding of brain evolution and the types of brain required for certain cognitive functions, both in humans and animals.”
    The Science Daily entry said something that may cast doubt on the common assumption that brain size matters.  “The findings show that big brains, like those in humans, are not necessarily needed as a pre-requisite for cumulative culture.”  What does that say about human evolution research?
    However that controversial question shakes out, the three articles were overcome with awe at how these fish mimic human intelligence.  The BBC News called them the geniuses of the fish world.  Live Science quoted Jeremy Kendal [U of Durham] claiming that with evolution, pressure alone can give rise to wisdom: “What we’re finding is that it’s not necessarily how closely related a species is to the human [that’s the] defining feature of how cognitively complex you might be; it can also be your local ecological circumstances which provide selective pressures favoring evolution of these cognitive facilities.”

If what Kendal said were true, fire would become more intelligent when water is sprayed at it.  Or is he claiming that matter in motion acts differently in life than it does in fire?  On what basis would he propose the distinction?  Vitalism is out in their philosophy.  You can’t produce cognition by putting pressure on atoms and molecules.  You can select out all the non-intelligent atoms you want till the cows come home, putting “selective pressure” on them, and you won’t ever get intelligent molecules.  All you will prove is that it takes intelligence to select things.
    How long will it take before the Darwinians realize they are making utter fools of themselves with their continued storytelling about selective pressures producing all the wonders of biology?  It doesn’t “contribute to the understanding of brain evolution” unless you are already drunk on Dar-wine and having hallucinations.  Drunkards are convinced they are the smartest people in the world.
    Zechariah wrote of a time when false prophets would be too embarrassed to show their faces in public (Zech. 13:2-6).  They wouldn’t wear a prophet’s robe, and they would lie about what they did for a living.  Would that day would come for the Alumni Association of the Darwin Fake Science University.

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