Phantom of the Deep

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The porcupine fish is a species that can at once inflate to double its size by sucking in water. It scares away the enemy and prevents being swallowed. Animal Planet asks the following question in one of the scenes showing this fish and gives the following answer: ... Or how did a fish learn to inflate to twice its body size when it encounters danger? Definitely one of nature"s most successful experiments.

This documentary"s subject was sea creatures living at the bottom of the oceans. Some expressions used in the program revealed the channel"s inability to comprehend the true origins of life. These are listed below:

The Error of Attributing the Power of Creation to Nature:

Animal Planet: "Evolution has transcended the limits of reason and nature has produced the weirdest creatures that would stand up to the power of imagination of any science-fiction writer... We learned that nature was never idle and that it created beings unseen before."

Answer: Nature is a whole consisting of air, land and water. It sustains a diversity of beings, each of complex design. The harmony in these designs is immediately recognizable. Could it be possible that nature played a role in the design of the millions of species populating the world? Surely no, because nature is devoid of the reason capable of producing these designs. Rocks, rivers and wind do not possess the intelligence capable of designing the pattern on the wing of a butterfly, the feathers of a bird, the stunning colors of flowers or fine scents. It is God, the All Wise, Who is the Creator of all life.

Errors Relating to Natural Selection

Animal Planet:

Nature is a perfect example of the ability of adaptation for survival. Limbs and organs resembling beautiful adornments are in reality a good example of natural selection. As with all living beings, each bit evolved for a specific purpose.

Answer:

In the above statement, the origin of these organs is attributed to natural selection whereas natural selection can only have an effect on existing organs. For example, a lizard population living on rocky surrounds can have a different average tail length to a lizard population living in dense vegetation. Their tails might have adapted to their environment according to their respective needs of movement and protection, but this natural selection example is not an answer to the question as to how the tail evolved in the first place. Tails are limbs grown by the genetic code in the DNA. Factors like the nature of the habitat or easiness of movement cannot add information to the data contained in the DNA and develop it further.

Nature"s Experiments Error

The porcupine fish is a species that can at once inflate to double its size by sucking in water. It scares away the enemy and prevents being swallowed. Animal Planet asks the following question in one of the scenes showing this fish and gives the following answer:

... Or how did a fish learn to inflate to twice its body size when it encounters danger? Definitely one of nature"s most successful experiments.

Animal Planet continued this style of narration with creatures living in depths of thousands of meters under huge water pressure:

Evolution"s new experiment astonishes them; humans could never survive under such water pressure.

Two points need to be clarified about this experiment. The random mutation - natural selection mechanisms the evolution theory rests on cannot increase complexity with such "experiments" as the evolution theory requires. All trial and error processes in nature, if they result in change, always result in a decrease of information and complexity. There is no scientific evidence to suggest that the porcupine fish"s muscle and nervous systems enabling it to puff up evolved from nothing, which is only natural considering that coincidences always lead to chaos and disorder.

Secondly, the history of nature and life refutes these imaginary evolution experiments. In the purposeless events in nature, it took a long time, it is claimed, for these experiments to produce the existing species of the present (portrayed by Animal Planet as successful experiment results) as well as the countless weird species of past stages, but since evolution continues, such creatures should exist today too, but they do not. Millions of species of plants and animals are distinct from one another by definable characteristics and there is no chaos. Famous evolutionist Stephen J. Gould deals Darwin"s gradual evolution supposition the blow in the following way:

How could the existence of distinct species be justified by a theory [evolution] that proclaimed ceaseless change as the most fundamental fact of nature?" For an evolutionist, why should there be species at all? If all life-forms have been produced by gradual expansion through selected mutations from a small beginning gene pool, organisms really should just grade into one another without distinct boundaries."- (Quote from Gould; Henry Morris and Gary Parker, What is Creation Science? (1987), pp. 121-122.)

Gordon Rattray Taylor, a former science consultant to the BBC and the winner of various scientific awards, draws attention to the same contradiction:

If a line of organisms can steadily modify its structure in various directions, why are there any lines stable enough and distinct enough to be called species at all? Why is the world not full of intermediate forms of every conceivable kind?" (G.R. Taylor, Great Evolution Mystery, (1983), p. 141)

The same is true for the history of nature. The transitional forms and abnormal beings presupposed by the imaginary evolution experiments are non-existent. Living beings emerge in the fossil records suddenly with perfect physical characteristics. Tom Kemp, Curator of Zoological Collection at Oxford University explains this situation in his book Fossils and Evolution, published in 1999 in the following way:

In virtually all cases a new taxon appears for the first time in the fossil record with most definitive features already present, and practically no known stem-group forms (Fossils and Evolution, Dr TS Kemp - Curator of Zoological Collections, Oxford University, Oxford Uni. Press, p. 246, 1999)

Kemps words are an admission that life has been created. Sudden and perfect appearance means creation. Animal Planet on the other hand turns away from this fact and attributes creation to nature with illogical tales and imaginary "experiments."

Animal Planet supports the evolution theory not for scientific but for philosophical reasons. We advise Animal Planet to abandon the materialism error and to accept the creation reality.

2003-07-20 00:00:00

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