Natures wonders: wasps and zombie spiders (Introduction)

by Balance_Maintained @, U.S.A., Monday, August 10, 2015, 19:31 (1501 days ago) @ dhw

TONY: Of course I find it incredible! One could almost say that I find it virtually impossible to explain by chance precisely because it is so incredible. As far as the pre-programming goes, I think there may be some pre-programming for the parasitic action itself....in each case, the process is done differently, with different chemicals, behaviors, and results. So, same building block but different expression.

DHW: What's the same building block when the organisms, species, processes, chemicals, behaviours and results are all so different? “Some” preprogramming “may” have been done in the prototype wasp and the prototype spider. Aw shucks, come on, Tony, take the plunge. There is symbiosis between all kinds of organisms, animal and vegetable. Either it was all preprogrammed, God “stepped in”, or (theistic version) God gave these organisms the ability to work it out for themselves. Which of these three do you consider more likely?

The wasp isn't the only organism that uses this type of method, though. By that, I mean the turning another creature into a zombie and feeding off of it. Hence, common building blocks with different expressions. I use the word "may' not because I am afraid to take a lunge, but as a simple acknowledgement that we don't understand the process or the mechanism so a definitive statement is premature.

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What is the purpose of living? How about, 'to reduce needless suffering. It seems to me to be a worthy purpose.


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