The ‘logic’ of the DpSU for Friday – Diamond Weevil Studded with Advanced Technology – can be summarised with a few quotes:
First, the background he gives:
The diamond weevil, which makes its home in the Brazilian tropics, has a body studded with tiny, brilliant reflectors. Each one is like a diamond, reflecting different-colored light in shiny arrays. New research has probed the microstructure of these brilliant facets and discovered that the way they work is familiar—but the way they are made is not.
The paper is available free in full here. We go on:
…the 3-dimensional arrangement of the sugar molecules is precise and orderly.
Order! It must be God!
The study authors compared the crystalline shape to other theoretically possible shapes and deduced that the weevil crystals have the best possible shape to reflect the maximum amount of light.
Not only is it orderly, but it’s the best order. And why can’t evolution do that, hmm?
Lead author Bodo Wilts told Wired Science, “We’ve got some catching up to do.….The nature-produced tiny structures are far beyond any human designs.”
So, we can’t do it. Next comes a diversion into a vaguely similar thing with butterflies, which we’ll skip. Finally, the conclusion:
In both cases, the study authors credited nature or evolution with the origin of these fine structures. But if insect technology is beyond the capability of intelligent people, then shouldn’t it rather be attributed to a source with even greater intelligence than man? Nature has no intelligence and no intelligence proxy, leaving a divine Creator as the only possible cause. And He rightly deserves the credit for these brilliant biological structures.
Spot the problems. The usual post I link to on this subject is …Or Maybe He Was Just Late, specifically the first DpSU discussed there. In there I gave an example of selection producing something that the human mind would not have, because it operated in a completely different way. All this “Nature has no intelligence” business is simply bullshit – what is the difference between a farmer and nature ‘selecting’ the colour of an animal’s coat?
Put it this way: Diamonds are optimally ordered, and you could argue that we can’t make them (certainly not big ones), but that doesn’t mean that they’re designed by an even more powerful being – it means simply that the process acts completely differently to ‘design’.
That’s the DpSUs caught up. Next up is last week’s IEE series, along with a new That’s a Fact video.