Chewing on Evolutionary Stories
Fish chew by sending their food on an assembly line to the back of the mouth. Mammals chew by positioning food for the teeth. Can evolution explain this difference? Science Daily was sure of it. “Evolution has made its marks — large and small — in innumerable patterns of life,” The article said. “New research from Brown University shows chewing has evolved too.” When one looks for the evidence that chewing has evolved, though, one only finds blank spaces filled in with the assumption that evolution must have done it.
The article described chewing differences between fish and mammals in some detail, but when it came to the evolutionary explanation, these statements were offered without evidence. See if they are convincing for a Darwin skeptic:
- The evolutionary divergence is believed to have occurred with amphibians…
- The difference in chewing shows that animals have changed the way they chew and digest their food and that evolution must have played a role.
- … lungfish, which is believed to represent an early stage in the transition of some species from exclusively water- to land-dwelling.
- Next came the task of figuring out where, when and with what species the divergence in chewing emerged.
- The thinking is that the transition likely occurred among amphibians.
- That makes sense, [Nicolai] Konow said, and he plans to look next at amphibian chewing.
- “They’re still locked to the water for reproduction,” he said. “But you have some that become all terrestrial. And that’s the next step on the evolutionary ladder.”
Konow and his team did not offer any evidence for transitions between the chewing modes, other than to infer that “evolution must have played a role” in the change, and that “the transition likely occurred among amphibians.” In passing, though, Konow admitted that “The distinction between fish and mammal chewing is likely there for a reason”. He did not pause to consider whether reasons belong to teleonomic explanations, such as intelligent design, or whether reasoning is even derivable from evolutionary theory.
How many times have evolutionists promised goods and handed us promissory notes? More than we would like to chew on. Don’t lend credibility to them any more till they pay up on past obligations – which will be never, because the collateral is held by IDBT, Inc. (intelligent design bank and trust).