Billions of butterflies, flashing their gossamer wings with brilliant colors, have swarmed over Darwin, leaving him unable to breathe. Figuratively, that is. Illustra Media’s new documentary Metamorphosis, just released on Blu-Ray last week, leaves little room for Darwin’s theory, while making a powerful case for intelligent design. The film is already being hailed as a masterpiece.
Featuring some of the most beautiful footage of butterflies and their amazing life cycles from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to flying insect, with information and music to match, Metamorphosis breaks new ground in butterfly research. Animations based on MRI imaging of a chrysalis show for the first time how organs are broken down and rebuilt inside within ten days. Electron micrographs zoom in on the antennae, compound eyes, legs and wings of butterflies. Stunning close-ups of egg-laying, caterpillar molts, chrysalis formation and emergence show phenomena rarely witnessed by non-scientists. The story of the Monarch butterfly migrations to Mexico is told with some of the most wondrous shots ever made of millions of butterflies flying through the air in remote mountain forest colonies only discovered in the 1970s.
Metamorphosis presents 46 minutes of fascinating science about butterflies before asking how such natural wonders could come about. By then, the photos and information have laid such a strong foundation of intelligent design, the arguments against Darwinian evolution are almost academic. But they are well stated: neo-Darwinism cannot account for the origin of two body plans (caterpillar and insect) in the same genome, in a process that destroys one and rebuilds it into another. It would be like a car encasing itself in a garage, recycling its parts, and emerging as a helicopter. That whimsical analogy is actually an understatement, explains philosopher of biology Dr. Paul Nelson, because the butterfly is even more complex. A caterpillar entering a chrysalis is entering a casket unless it has a plan and a coordinated process to emerge out the other side. Most of the caterpillar’s tissues are consumed and reconstituted into organs that have no analogue in the caterpillar. Developmental biologist Dr. Ann Gauger adds that an unguided processes like evolution, with no ability to foresee a goal, cannot account for one body plan, let alone two….
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