Archive for May, 2014
Algae Asphyxiates Evolution Principle
In The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin cast his theory of evolution centered on a “struggle for life” principle – coined as the “war of nature” or the “survival of the fittest” in 1859. This principle is presented in the complete title of his legionary book – On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.
This competitive “struggle for life,” Darwin had argued, occurs between the new and the original species. With the emergence of new species, they were imagined to compete even against their own parents:
“The principle of competition [is] between organism and organism, between child and parent… supplant[ing] the old and unimproved forms.”
Competition increases with increasing similarity. “As the species of the same genus,” Darwin argued, “the struggle will generally be more severe between them, if they come into competition with each other, than between the species of distinct genera.” Since then, however, the evidence directly challenges Darwin’s principle of evolution. Continue Reading
Ant Colony Terrorizes Evolutionism
In The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin assertively explains, “We shall, perhaps, best understand how instincts in a state of nature have become modified by selection, by considering… the slave-making instinct of certain ants.” Similar to bees with elbowed antennae, ants are instinctively colony-building social insects.
Without a blueprint or leader, swarming ants can move specks of dirt to create large structures with an integrated network of complex tunnels with circulating ventilation. Scientists studying organization in nature are increasingly turning their interest towards how these insects with tiny brains could have evolved instincts to cooperatively engineer such impressive structures.