Explaining natural wonders (Animals)

by dhw, Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 12:21 (1162 days ago) @ dhw

Thank you, David, for a raft of interesting posts, with the ants my favourites, as usual. In all cases, your comments raise the same issue:

Comment (Immune system): This is an automatic cellular reaction, no thought involved. The researchers are now looking for the feedback mechanism to control the reaction, a must in all the biochemistry of life. Not by chance.

Comment (Porpoises): It is hard to imagine this system of control occurred by chance, since it is so important to survival in deep dives.

QUOTE (from Ant colony farmers): “Ants are a lot smarter than we think they are – we call them superorganisms because they form networks that are much like our brains,” she says. “The information flow among ant colonies is just insane compared to human social systems, so this finding does not surprise me in the slightest.'”

Comment: Ant societies are amazing. Were the ants helped by a higher power, or did they develop it on their own?

Of course your comments are not directed at me alone, and it is fair enough to keep emphasizing the unlikelihood of all the complexities arising by chance. However, it is important also to emphasize, as you mention in the ant post, that the extraordinary intelligence that enables organisms to devise different ways of surviving and of exploiting their particular environments may be their own, which might perhaps have been given to them by “a higher power”. Just as you believe your God gave humans the ability to design their own world in their own way, we cannot discount the possibility (theistic version) that he did the same for all organisms. One can believe in God without believing in your personal interpretation of God’s methods and intentions.


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