A recent article opened up with the following statement:
How did insects get their hearing? A new study of 50 million year-old cricket and katydid fossils — sporting some of the best preserved fossil insect ears described to date— help trace the evolution of the insect ear, says a new study by researchers working at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center…Insects have evolved ears at least 17 times in different lineages.
Insects have ears on virtually every part of their body except the head. Some have large tympanic membranes just behind their heads and others have ears under their chins. In order for hearing organs to have been products of evolution, it would have to have evolved not just once by random chance, but numerous different times.
If you find this hard to believe, then prepare yourself for the next statement in the article made by Roy Plotnick of the University of Illinois at Chicago who said:
The big evolutionary trigger for the appearance of hearing in many insects is thought to be the appearance of bats. Prior to the evolution of bats we would expect to find ears in relatively few insects, but after that we should see ears in more insect groups.
In other words, insects had no ears or hearing organs prior to the evolution of bats. Once bats evolved and then evolved their echo-location radar, insects evolved hearing in order to hear the bats coming.
This is what always amazes me about the blind faith of evolutionists. They truly believe that insects suddenly realized that they needed to be able to hear the bats, so they intentionally evolve all of the genetic information to code for hearing, since they didn’t have that sense prior to bats.
Not only did one form of insect decide to evolve hearing, but they believe that at least 17 different types of insects all made the same decision around the same time. It doesn’t matter that the statistical odds of this happening once are less than zero, but the odds of it happening 17 different times? Let’s just say that your chances of winning the Powerball Lottery every week for ten years is greater than the odds of this happening by evolution.
Now mind you that these are the same people that don’t believe in the miracles of the Bible. They only believe in what they call empirical science that can be observed and/or repeated. As a scientist, I would ask for proof for their statements and finding a fossil is not proof. The dating and origin of fossils is not an exact science, rather it is based upon several unprovable assumptions.
From the opening question of the article, you can see the presuppositional religious views of the author. They automatically negate any possibility that insect ears could have been the result of God and biblical creation.
Personally, I look at the possibility of ears randomly evolving 17 different times in 17 different types of insects as a response to the evolution of bats to be beyond the realm or scope of science. It defies the laws of biology, chemistry and information. When empirical science says it can’t be, you have to look for alternative explanations.
The only other possible explanation that makes sense is that God designed insects with all of their different methods of hearing as He did for bats as well from the very beginning. If anything, God may have created insects with a variety of different hearing organs as if to impress upon us that there is no way they could have evolved. Just like the way He told us repeatedly that the days of creation were ordinary 24 hour days and not eons.
Ancient Crickets Hint At The Origins Of Insect Hearing, Red Orbit, Jan 4, 2012.
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