Miscellany (General)

by dhw, Tuesday, October 05, 2021, 11:11 (308 days ago) @ David Turell

DAVID: Stop twisting meanings. I've said survival is required prior to each new species.

dhw: And you’ve also said “survival has nothing to do with the appearance of new species”. How can that be true if your God’s motive for changing anatomies was to ensure the survival of the respective organisms?

DAVID: The bold emphasizes my point, God speciates from surviving species, whose survival is guaranteed by His designs of them.

So in your theory does he or does he not design innovations to improve organisms’ chances of survival? For example, when – according to you – he popped in to operate on pre-whale legs and turn them into flippers, did he or did he not do so to enable them to improve their chances of survival in the water? Please answer directly.

Trilobite eyes
QUOTE: An international research team has found an eye system in trilobites of the suborder Phacopina from the Devonian (390 million years B.P.) that is unique in the animal kingdom.
Most trilobites had compound eyes similar to those that are still found in insects today: […] However, in the trilobite suborder Phacopinae, the externally visible lenses of the compound eyes are much larger, up to 1 mm in diameter and more. In addition, they are set farther apart.

DAVID: highly designed compound eyes, in a form now used today by insects. Illustrates the design gap in physical forms from Edicaran to Cambrian. From nothing to these eyes with no intermediate steps and able to demonstrate the nerve fibers. The gap cannot be denied.

Hold on! This exceptional deviation from the norm apparently originated in the Devonian, not the Cambrian, and must therefore have descended from those earlier forms. It is not the form used today by insects, and obviously did not come from nothing with no intermediate steps, since trilobites had already been in existence for approx. 150 million years.

Trilobite - Wikipedia

The first appearance of trilobites in the fossil record defines the base of the Atdabanian stage of the Early Cambrian period (521 million years ago), and they flourished throughout the lower Paleozoic before slipping into a long decline, when, during the Devonian, all trilobite orders except the Proetida died out. […] Trilobites were among the most successful of all early animals, existing in oceans for almost 270 million years, with over 20,000 species having been described.

20,000 species, and you pick on one later variation to tell us there’s a gap which we cannot deny. And while you contemplate your response, do please tell us why this particular extinct species of trilobite was necessary for the design of humans and our food.

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