Natures wonders: zombified animals (Introduction)

by David Turell @, Thursday, January 12, 2017, 01:39 (983 days ago) @ dhw

DAVID: Your last sentence makes no sense. The triple system involving a starling bird, a pill bug and a parasite would require a committee meeting of the three to work.

dhw: You are confusing parasitism with symbiosis. The parasitical plagywhat’saname lives inside the starling, the pill bug eats it with the poop, the parasite zombifies the pill bug, the starling eats the pill bug, and the whole process starts all over again. There are no “committee meetings”. Only the parasite has to work out its “lifestyle”. In your other examples, this is done by the wasp, the fungus, the barnacle, and once more the wasp. In any case, what is your theory? That your God preprogrammed the first cells to pass on these processes, without which life could not continue in order to produce humans?

I know how the three part system works. How did the parasite bug figure out how to zombify toe pill bug? I don't know and neither do you, but it had to happen all at once for the system to work. My theory is evolution creates complexity in forms and lifestyles leading to the most complex figure of all, humans.

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