Evolution of Segmentation Leads to Playing God
Most animals come in segments – body plans that are divided into more-or-less similar parts. Arthropods, worms and vertebrates are examples (including humans, with their vertebral segments and rough division into head, thorax and abdomen). Where did the idea of segmentation come from? Some French evolutionists think it just appeared by chance and changed the face of the world.
Science Daily makes a number of amazing claims:
- (1) Segmentation appeared by chance: “By chance, evolution may have played a winning card with segmentation, which profoundly marked the history of life on Earth.”
- (2) Evolution came up with segmentation either once or multiple times by “convergent evolution,” but the French think it happened once, because they found similar retrotransposons in the genes of the different segmented groups: “These similarities led them to conclude that the genes had been inherited from a common ancestor, which was itself segmented.”
- (3) Their finding constitutes proof, they think: “This old and controversial idea among zoologists [i.e., that segmented animals had a single common ancestor], had never been proved until now.”
- (4) Evolution would go the segmentation route because it’s economical: “Over millions of years, and exposure to changing environmental constraints, it is easier for an animal to specialize a segment into a specific tool in response to a need, than to create a whole new organ from scratch.” This is the “necessity is the mother of invention” view of evolution. It leaves unstated how a need turns into a capability.
- (5) Humans can play God by using the advantages of segmentation: “If one day we could play God and create artificial animals or even biomimetic robots, perhaps we too should think about it. But this is still within the realm of science fiction.”
So when did chance come upon this lucky advantage? They answered this question with a question: “Is it possible that they all inherited this feature from a very distant common ancestor that lived 600 million years ago, before the Cambrian explosion, which produced most of the large animal groups that exist today?” They had to envision an unknown, unseen common ancestor before the explosion, because the Cambrian strata show fully-segmented worms, arthropods (trilobites) and vertebrates doing just fine.
Could you find a better example of ignorance masquerading as science? These French cream puffs know nothing of what they speak. They don’t have a fossil ancestor. They don’t know a date when this fossil ancestor appeared; they just made it up. They don’t have a natural law or observable, repeatable process that could produce the advantage of segmentation (Note: chance is not a process). The whole story is made up. It’s not just the speculation about segmented robots and playing God that is science fiction; the whole article is science fiction.
When they say of their imaginary common ancestor that it is “thought to have lived 600 million years ago,” who thought so? Any group of n >= 1 people can have a “thought” about anything. We could find a nut in Timbuktu who thought animals came from the underworld, and make a statement that “animals are thought to have come from the underworld.” Let’s name names, shall we, and have some clarity instead of hiding weak arguments from authority in passive voice verbs. Tweety Bird thought he taw a puddy tat; in passive form, that becomes, “it is thought that puddy tats are seen.”
It’s ironic that one of the institutions responsible for this mess of sloppy reasoning is the Universit? Paris Diderot, named for the French atheist of the Enlightenment, Denis Diderot (1713-1784). It’s even more ironic that they, as materialists following in Diderot’s footsteps, could envision humans themselves playing God. Good luck with that. In their own world view, they are little more than segmented robots themselves.
Speaking of the Cambrian Explosion, Amazon.com today listed the Illustra film Darwin’s Dilemma at the #2 spot in Science Bestsellers. Two other Illustra films, The Privileged Planet and Unlocking the Mystery of Life, also placed in the Top 10. Evolutionists hearing this must rue the fact that the film exposing the Cambrian Explosion as a falsification of Darwin’s views is a best seller. If you have not seen it, view the trailer and order it today, because an ounce of fossil facts trumps a truckload of evolutionary fogma. (For definition of fogma, see the 05/14/2007 commentary.)