One of the key components of evolution is that everything is the product of pure random chance. There is no intelligent direction or guidance, even though you constantly hear evolutionists talk like plants and animals choose to evolve.
It always amazes me when I read about scientists and researchers who spend thousands of dollars and man hours working so hard to use all of the intelligence at their disposal in an attempt to replicate what nature did by random non-intelligent chance. And this report is one of those incidents.
For years, scientists have been trying to unlock the secret of nacre, also referred to as mother of pearl. Nacre is found as a coating inside a number of mollusk shells and is the beautiful iridescent material that pearls are made of. The jewelry industry would love nothing better than to find a way of making their own pearls without having to use living mollusks and waiting years for them to develop and grow pearls.
If this latest report is true, then the jewelers’ dream just may come true.
A team of scientists from the Department of Physics’ Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge are reporting that they have unlocked nature’s secret in producing nacre. As I list the procedure they had to go through to produce this synthetic nacre I want you to realize that this happens naturally in mollusks and it all developed by pure random chance.
To begin with, the scientists took preventative measures to ensure the calcium carbonate, which is the primary component of mother of pearl, did not crystallize when precipitating from the solution. This was achieved by using a mixture of ions and organic components in the solution that mimics how mollusks control this. The precipitate could then be adsorbed to surfaces, forming layers of well-defined thickness.
After that, the precipitate layer was covered by an organic layer that has 10-nm wide pores, which was done in a synthetic procedure invented by co-author Alex Finnemore.
Lastly, crystallization was then induced, and all steps were repeated to create a stack of alternating crystalline and organic layers.
Now add to the complicated process the explanation given by one of the researchers, Professor Ulli Steiner:
Crystals have a characteristic shape that reflects their atomic structure, and it is very difficult to modify this shape. Nature is, however, able to do this, and through our research we were able to gain insight into how it grows these materials. Essentially, we have created a new recipe for mother of pearl using nature’s cookbook.
I wonder if clams and oysters have read the same cookbook and use the same complicated procedure when they create their own nacre or mother of pearl? How did they learn to do this? Did all of these steps in the process evolve at the same time?
Not only is mother of pearl a beautiful substance to look at, but it’s also a beautiful substance to demonstrate the improbability of evolution. But beyond the beauty and value of pearls (ball of nacre) is the wisdom of knowing God. Job 28:18b says:
The price of wisdom is above pearls.
Recreating Nature: Scientists Copy Mother Of Pearl, Red Orbit, July 26, 2012.
By Dr. Jonathan Sarfati
Today, the ID (intelligent design) movement is capturing headlines (and igniting controversy) around the world. But in the process, many are coming to think that a credible challenge to the dominant Darwinian naturalism of our time means backing away from a clear stand for the truth of the Bible.
Now creationist heavyweight Jonathan Sarfati, whose Refuting Evolution has the most copies in print of any creation book ever, challenges this mindset head on. In the process, By Design is set to become a classic of the creation movementin the same vein as Dr Sarfatis comprehensive Refuting Compromise, which is arguably the most powerful biblical and scientific defense of straightforward Genesis in existence.
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