Natures wonders: trees induce ants to protect them;symbiosis (Introduction)

by David Turell @, Wednesday, August 01, 2018, 20:09 (438 days ago) @ dhw

DAVID: A symbiotic arrangement between trees ants is irreducibly complex and defies a evolutionary explanation:

dhw: How about this instead?
1) Ants like the yummy nectar, and fight off their rivals.
2) Acacia happy, but find there’s a problem at reproduction time. They fail to reproduce. Some even die off.
3) But others cotton onto the problem and create an ant repellent for their flowers.
Bacteria do this all the time when faced with new problems. Many of them die off, but some of them work out a solution. Evolution guided by intelligent cell communities. What is your theory?

David: You have totally forgotten the timing issue. Bacteria reproduce every twenty minutes. How long would it take trees to figure out a solution? You are good at making up just so stories.

dhw: My reference to bacteria was to show that even the simplest organisms solve new problems. The acacias solved the problem in the end, before it was too late. I have no idea how long it took, and nor have you. Please now tell us your own just-so story. Could it be that your God stepped in personally to produce the ant repellent, or that he provided the very first cells with a programme for acacia ant repellent to be passed down through hundreds of millions of years, along with the programmes for every other undabbled innovation, lifestyle and natural wonder in the history of life?

We don't know that the Acacias solved the problem by themselves and all you've said is the problem got solved, so God is a possibility and natural evolution is not.

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