Biological Intelligent Design Philosophical


Much of what animals and insects “do” in nature doing is explained by the simple word “instinct”. We are to accept that this single word “instinct” explains not only the reason and the cause for such actions but the origins for such actions as well. However, this is a simplistic answer violates common sense. The spiders web is an engineering marvel which is built as a home and a trap for food. While a tornado is all natural and does not “intend” to cause destruction it often does. By contrast, the little spider builds a web intent on trapping his dinner. How could random spontaneous mutations over eons of time ever comprised such a masterpiece of intent and design?

The web of a spider provides rigidity and strength enough to trap its food. The web is both obtained with minimal material, all of which is manufactured by the spider itself. The threads do not simply cross at intersections but are ‘soldered’ together with fine threads.

Every spider is a virtual genius working like as an architect, weaver, chemist, structural engineer, and information scientist.

In fact, compared to human abilities spiders have virtual superpowers. How does the spider know it needs to hunt and trap its meals? How does the spider learn how to build its web?

Textbook answers are the ultra-simple “answer”: “instinct”.

Instinct as the answer echoes hallow because the answer does not define how instinct occurs or how it emerged. The answer merely describes the observable end result. But the questions remain: How does instinct work? Where does it reside biochemically? When did such skills and abilities emerge? As an example: How could the lowly spider know how to do such complex tasks as weaving a geometric web, intended for the purpose of trapping and capturing food?

All without so much as a single year of college? Wow!