Cognizant of needs
Greetings all my fine friends! And what good news do you bring this week? The good news I bring you is God keeps giving us evidence of His existence! We but only have to be aware (or cognizant) of it!
Being cognizant of something takes intelligence, I think we can all agree on that. So it is safe to say that “lower” forms of life are not aware of certain things, especially their need of something for the future. For example, would an ameba be aware what it would need to possess the ability toreproduce? Was it aware that it needs to have a nuclei in each part as it divides to make two daughter pairs from the single parent amoeba? What about more complicated animals? Can abilities and structures just evolve for something in the future the animal will need? No, why would it? You can take the easy way out and say evolution selected for this. But what if there are perfectly good structures that get replaced. Why? Unless it is needed for the future. So the question is; “How can any living creature be cognizant of its need for a more specialized structure, and then proceed to
develop it?”1 Like the Remora fish. Let’s take a closer look…
The remora fish, also known as the shark-sucker fish, are thin, elongated, darker in color and can grow up to 3 feet. Found worldwide, there are eight different species and they live in warmer waters. Remoras feed on the leftover pieces of their hosts’ meals. Sometimes they evenact as cleaners by eating external parasites of their transporters. They hitch rides on larger marine animals such as whales, turtles, sharks and even ships. What is truly fascinating is how these creature “hitch” their rides.
Remoras have a suction disc located on the top of their heads which allow them to attach by forming a suction to their host. When they want to feed, they simply detach, and when they are done, they reattach. “Amazingly, the suction disc is not present in remora hatchlings, whichbegin life with a normal dorsal fin. Early in development, the dorsal fin moves forward to the top of the head. The dorsal fin spines and associated bones flatten and widen out, much like the shape of a moose’s antlers. Tiny spikes develop along the edges of the bones in order to grip their host. Muscles then develop, connecting these bones to the top of the remora’s skull, and a lip of loose skin forms around the edge of the
suction disc to create a watertight seal. The remora can contract the muscles, creating a very strong negative pressure, pulling it tightly to its host. The suction disc has formed by the time the remora is 3 cm long.”2
Wow! Trading in a perfectly good dorsal fin for a suction cup? Where in evolution is the advantage of the dorsal fin moving forward to the head? How many millions of years did that take? And how many more millions of years did thetransitional form of this fish swim around with a non-working dorsal fin and a non-functional suction cup on the top of its head?
People please! I know you may have been raised to believe that evolution it the gospel truth, but please, can you just this once see the evidence. What good does a half dorsal fin, half suction cup do? Why would something like that evolve? What advantage is there? How would these “transitional” forms know, be cognizant of, their need in the future for a suction cup?
The remora screams of design. By an Intelligent Designer. As does the whole universe! I do not mean to offend anyone, I just want to help take off the blinders.
Until next time, God bless and take care!
O’Quinn, Jonathan C., D.P.M., M.S., The Enigmatic Remora, Creation Research Society, Creation Matters, Vol 20 Number 4, July/August 2015, p 12.
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