Tiny Insects

This morning there’s been a VERY tiny insect walking around on my computer monitor screen. Even though its so tiny, its able to fly from spot to spot. Probably attracted to the light like so many bugs outside at the lights.

As far as size goes, maybe 1.5mm in length. Think of how tiny its brain must be. Maybe composed of 1000 cells or so?? The eyes of most insects are faceted compound eyes. So, i would guess each facet may have just a few cells. What about the wings and their muscles?

Watching it move around and considering that it has 6 legs and antennae like other insects. It moves rather quickly and smoothly for its size.

It’s difficult to appreciate a creature of this size. Could you breathe them in all day long and not even sneeze? Who knows? One thing I can tell you! It’s an engineering marvel of the highest order! A completely functional, thriving insect at a dust particle scale!

Wayne Hollyoak

My Days

I was introduced to the Bible while working on an auto assembly line back in the mid 70’s. I started learning about its prophecies and what it tells us about mankind’s future. I found out that the Creator came as a man to receive my punishment so I could be free. Glad I chose to follow Jesus and let my Creator show me the way, cause He obviously knows what He’s doing!
On the assembly line there were occasional opportunity for breaks so I’d have my spray paint covered New Testament handy. One day I asked the Creator to help me understand my place in His world. When I opened the book, it opened to Psalm 39:

“I said, I will take heed to my ways, That I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, While the wicked is before me. I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; And my sorrow was stirred. My heart was hot within me; While I was musing the fire burned: (Then) spake I with my tongue: Jehovah, make me to know mine end, And the measure of my days, what it is; Let me know how frail I am. Behold, thou hast made my days (as) handbreadths; And my life-time is as nothing before thee: Surely every man at his best estate is altogether vanity. (Consider that) Surely every man walketh in a vain show; Surely they are disquieted in vain: He heapeth up (riches), and knoweth not who shall gather them. And now, Lord, what wait I for? My hope is in thee. Deliver me from all my transgressions: Make me not the reproach of the foolish. I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; Because thou didst it. Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thy hand. When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, Thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: Surely every man is vanity. (Consider that)
Hear my prayer, O Jehovah, and give ear unto my cry; Hold not thy peace at my tears: For I am a stranger with thee, A sojourner, as all my fathers were. Oh spare me, that I may recover strength, Before I go hence, and be no more.”

Our Creator wants to answer your questions of the heart as well… Let Him!

Wayne Hollyoak

Evidences of Intelligent Design Continued…

31. The enormity of the challenges that living things present to those attempting to understand them. The language of biology is as complex and convoluted as it gets! That’s necessary in order to make more or less precise descriptions of what we can figure out about them anyway.

32. “Alternation of generations” allows certain creatures to grow and reproduce as completely different forms of life. Ferns live in two distinct forms. One form has only half the full complement of chromosomes and the other form develops from the full complement of chromosomes. Locusts will only develop into the swarming type under certain conditions, otherwise this insect will reproduce as ordinary grasshoppers. These are complex design considerations.

33. Man’s attempts at creating “living cells” are rather feeble and shabby compared to anything out there in nature. The One behind the design of real creatures was obviously smarter then us. Yet, we allow people to call these “scientists” “intelligent” don’t we?

34. Very similar species often have completely different food preferences. Most bears will eat almost anything that’s edible, yet the panda(if it can be called a bear) will only eat tender bamboo leaves. More intelligent design considerations were needed to fit feeding habits.

35. It’s becoming popular among evolutionists to point out a few odd features of living things that they criticize as “unintelligent” or at least somehow “defective” to their thinking. These are actually useful to contrast everything else in nature that showcases intelligent design so wonderfully.

36. Chromosomes are neatly bundled strands of DNA. Kind of like the way rock climbers stow long ropes in a coil that’s bound around the middle by a loop so it doesn’t unravel and get tangled up. Sounds like an intelligent idea? Well?

37. Think of how penguins use their little wings as flippers to fly skillfully through the water with such speed that they are able to chase down fleeing fish. Why can’t we figure out how to propel our submarines with wing-like flippers? Is it because the technology is too far beyond our capabilities, our intelligence?

38. The tongue is used to manipulate food to help us chew our food. It also enables us to articulate speech and intonate our whistling to make songs. We tend to take it for granted, but it’s an amazing design.

39. The Creator knew we’d skin our knees a few times growing up. So He gave us knee protectors, “knee caps”.

40. Robots have been around for nearly 50 years and we still struggle to design a “hand”.

Well, that’s enough for now. Surely ID easily qualifies as “good science”, maybe too good and perhaps that’s the problem??

Wayne Hollyoak

Just a Few More Evidences for ID

Not done, yet. Here’s just a few more:

21. The skunk has a great defense mechanism in its ability to raise a stink. It is so effective and so simple, yet it is so unique to this animal.

22. Poisonous Animals- Protecting the creature against injury from its own dangerous cocktails. Design and forethought opposed to adaptive afterthought.

23. Ornamentation- structures on plants and animals that serve no purpose other than to make them more interesting to look at. Horney Toads, Hammerhead Sharks, Crabs, Stag Beetles, etc.

24. Symbiosis- Bees need flowers and flowers need bees.

25. Aquatic Mammals lack gills- were they designed to need to surface periodically way so we could enjoy and admire them more?

26. Mola Mola- The ocean sunfish has no fins, at least not like we’re used to.

27. Plants lack muscles and a nervous system- wouldn’t that be adaptive disadvantage.

28. Turtle Shells- Aren’t they just a little too well thought out! Seriously!!

29. Bats- Flying by echolocation, if only we could figure out how to do it with our aircraft!

30. Common placental wolves and the (recently extinct) marsupial wolf (Thylacine) have very similar skulls and yet marsupials are generally quite different from placental mammals. Designed to fill similar niches using different body plans and ways of rearing young.

Wayne Hollyoak

Intelligent Design, You Want Evidence?

OK, let’s see. Here are 10 more evidences that I see…

11. Micromachinery is not only present in living creatures, it’s everywhere! We, in all our boasts of high technology are only learning the fundamentals of designing such devices, and ours are embarrassingly crude in comparison to simplest ones we see in biology. If you took each one as an evidence for ID, how many would that add to the list? A few billion perhaps?

12. Clean Design is the hallmark of every living creature! They live, they thrive, they reproduce and they endure! They even fine tune themselves to their environments. This is exactly what you’d expect from well thought out systems. The exact opposite of what the mutation-adaptation formula would predict- a complete history of trial and error biology. Everything we see in paleontology worked from the get-go! How many species have been ID’d so far? Several million? Each one constitutes another clear evidence of ID? Contrast that to the number of transition forms predicted by evolution- multiple billions at least. How many have been found in the whole world? A dozen perhaps that are still highly debatable suggest transition between the major groups?

13. Diversity is another hallmark in nature! The mutation-adaptation would rather predict that certain creatures (superorganisms if you will) would gain a “checkmate” advantage after so many years- they suggest billions??? Such “Ruge Goldberg” styled “biological assemblages” would easily outstrip their food sources and implode somewhere along the way. There would need to be countless restarts for any possible hope of ever getting some semblance of a stable ecosystem going! The diversity we see completely contrasts this!

14. The Code. DNA, RNA, etc.

15. The fastest creature on earth on record is a fish, go figure??? (there may be a 90mph tabanid fly to top the fish, though) (;

16. The “waterbear”.

17. Seahorses. Need I say more?

18. Spiderwebs, why are there so many kinds and some spiders don’t even make them. The polymer that they use is itself a marvel of engineering. A cold quickset with attitude! Why can’t we duplicate it?

19. Flies. There are 2 almost identical except that their mouths are of completely different structure and function. One “piercing-sucking” like a hypodermic needle, the other like a sponge for gathering surface fluids. (stable flies vs. common houseflies) Flies as a group are extremely diverse, but that’s another whole problem for “mutation-adaptation” and evolution’s non-intelligent logic.

20. Snakes, just think of all the amazing things they can do, without any appendages!

Wayne Hollyoak

Just a Few of the Ways that Nature Points Us Towards Its Creator

I’ll start with 10 things that are rather obvious, or should be anyway:

1. Entropy is considered a universal law in physics. Yet, very well designed machines can minimize it’s impact. Cars can be made today to last a quarter million miles or longer by applying better design and manufacture methods. This is through the collective efforts of highly intelligent designers. Living creatures are so well designed that they seem to play with entropy at will. Birds make a mockery of human attempts at flying machines. Swifts fly so efficiently that they can remain airborne for the entire lives powered by tiny insects. Landing only for brief periods long enough to rear their young

2. Artistry is everywhere in the natural world. The peacock is considered a symbol of beauty. How about the horse, the rose and the rainbow trout. How many favorites can you think of?

3. Flight requires advanced knowledge of aerodynamics, weight economy and balance. Feathers alone are engineering marvels that work beautifully because they were designed intelligently. Remember. that the sole design consideration for so called, “Natural Selection” is function, that’s it. And ns can only operate on existing designs.

4. Music requires a complex knowledge of tonality and harmonics. Think of how birds with such small brains are designed to produce some of the best music.

5. Sight opens up a creature to an awareness of its surroundings. With all our amazing camera technologies, we still can’t hold a candle to our own eyes. So if you must conclude that the camera is an intelligent design, how much more so with the human eye!

6. Diversity is the hallmark of the natural world. Diversity means LOTS of genetic code has been written by an awesome code writer! Nuff said!

7. Fireflies still exist, even though they are designed to give away their locations to predators! They were also designed to delight us on those hot evenings of spring and summer!

8. Metamorphosis allows insects to transform their entire body shape and function. They were designed to do so in the safety and security of a protective “cocoon”. This is a design “tour de force” by any reasonable measure!

9. Biological Clocks are design considerations that synchronize creatures life cycles in some way with certain changes in their environment. In some cases it might be the length of daylight, the tides and the position of the moon in the sky or it’s phase, or the temperature, etc. that will trigger a bear to wake up from hibernation and a turtle to swim thousands of miles across oceans to the tiny island where it was born, or all the billions of coral polyps around the world to release all their eggs into the see at the same moment on a certain day of the year.

10. Ecology is another design, “tour de force” where the Creator displays not only His ability as a Designer, but his wisdom in how all the dirversity of creatures can coexist in harmony. Predators and prey, big and small, pathogen and immune system, reproduction and death. Moms to bring us into the world and cleanup crews: yeast, insect, bacteria, birds, etc. to recycle our bodies after our spirits return to the presence of the author of it all to receive our fantastic new bodies so we can give an account for our lives on this Creator’s planet!

These are only a few of vast array of design indicators… In the next few posts I’ll point out many others.

Wayne Hollyoak