21. “Natural Selection Made Easy”, a Scientific Review
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Potholer54 on YouTube put together a video series explaining everything from how the universe began to how man evolved. Each of the videos is titled “………Made Easy”. What a title choice for a series of events that are more complex than any man who ever lived or lives on the planet earth could possibly understand. I have picked his #6 video to review, since it really is the centerpiece of the evolution debate. Again, my comments will be from a completely scientific standpoint. I am only interested in scientifically disproving the Theory of Evolution, which I proudly admit.
Before I start the review, I would like to explain how illusion (magic), and evolution science are nearly identical. The goal of both is to get perfectly rational people to accept and believe things that under normal circumstances they would laugh at as preposterous. I will then show how each step is exampled in this video. I call evolutionists “evillusionists” because what they promote is a mix of science and illusion. Here is how it works:
Step 1: Have a very credible demeanor as if you are “above it all”. Sound British, and intelligent. Be or be like a college professor. Talk in echo-y lecture halls. No one will want to challenge you, whatever you say. The audience will be responsive, worshipful, intimidated, and even more enthusiastically on your side. They will laugh at your jokes, no matter how bad. At every chance, make light and fun of those in the skeptic group. It will shrink and skeptic turncoats will come over to your side. No one wants to look foolish.
Step 2: Group all skeptics together, no matter their reasons for being skeptical. Make fun and light of the least credible in the group so it seems like the whole group is equal to the buffoon. Most in the audience will not want to be associated with the group of skeptics, and will willingly and enthusiastically be on your side. No one wants to look foolish.
Step 3: Make the audience think that they are witnessing an impossible event of your choosing, or that an impossible event took place that you describe. Make them think they are seeing something that they are not. Fool them into believing an event took place that didn’t. Once they believe in that one impossible event, they can be easily convinced the next impossible event also took place. As each impossible event is displayed, the audience will be more and more easily convinced, until an entire series of impossible events of your choosing will be accepted by the audience without question.
Step 4: Bait and switch. Make the audience think you are going to show, do, or describe something unbelievably difficult. When the audience is convinced, show, demonstrate, or describe an event that is far easier for you, but convince the audience that the new task is ever MORE difficult than the one you originally were going to show, do, or demonstrate. As they are already in your pocket because of the first three steps, they will accept step 4 without question. The video on my page on “Irreducible Complexity Revisited and Illusions” is a perfect example of this step.
Review of “Natural Selection Made Easy”
For clarity I will discuss this video section by section. The commentator for these videos has a British accent, sounds very credible, and is perfect for Step 1.
The video starts with a rather silly situation where a man opens a jar of peanut butter, and the audio says, “Sometimes if I open a jar of peanut butter, I should find new life inside” to the giggles of an audience. This is a probable “creationist” video that makes fun of evolution and ev-abiogenesis. I refer to evolution’s version of abiogenesis as ev-abiogenesis. Abiogenesis certainly did occur, as once the earth was sterile. Life did then form. Certainly not the way promoted by evolutions scientists today.
Potholers54 says, “Oh Jesus, your being serious!” (Step 1 and 2.) and of course he completely demeans the silliness of the video. He will then go on to show the “peanut butter man” to be a buffoon, of course. In reality, the video makes a valid point. Ev-biogenesis, the formation of life from non-life, is not happening anywhere on the planet earth today, at least that can be demonstrated. Life in the form of living cells will never be replicated in a lab. One very simple DNA molecule that was labeled as a virus has been fabricated, however that is not even one trillionth of the way on the road to making living cells that can nourish themselves, respond to stimuli, and reproduce. Ev-abiogenesis is completely un-provable, and it always will be. It’s nothing more than the complete figment of the imagination of evillusionists, who then demean those that don’t believe in their imaginary tales.
The video goes on to show drawings of giraffes with gradually lengthening necks (“Oh Jesus, your being serious!”) apparently caused by the need to stretch higher and higher for tree branches in the drawings. Of course there are no fossils that show short necked giraffes evolving to a long necked versions. And, why aren’t there other species that do the same? There must be other species that eat out of trees. Just imagine what a giraffe herd would look like if it was geographically separated on a land mass that had only palm trees! The possibilities are amazing! Above left is a giraffidae. Above right is the Sivatherium giganteum. Evillusionists say these are the extinct precursor to modern giraffes. Since their necks are short, they would have to be earlier precursors. More modern precursors would, of course show longer and longer necks. Since they came millions of years later than these precursors, they should be a relatively easy find. But they are not. According to: : “Present day evidence does not support Darwin’s (and this video’s) explanation since during the dry season (when feeding competition should be most intense) giraffes generally feed from low shrubs (Simmons and Scheepers, 1996).This would suggest that the long neck did not specifically evolve for feeding at higher levels.” Potholer54 needs to update his research.
Potholer54 should have really thought about it before using giraffes as an example of natural selection. Giraffes are absolutely astounding animals. There is no species like them on the planet. Their necks are so long that a great deal of pressure is required to pump blood all the way up to their heads. They have very large and strong hearts, stronger than almost any other species. They have a series of valves in their ascending aorta which aids in supporting the up-flow of blood. When they need to eat grasses, or drink, by putting their heads down, the downward pressure of the blood would cause a cerebral aneurism or CVA (a stroke) due to the long length of their necks. The aortic valves close, which holds the blood in their necks and prevents excessive pressures from forming in their heads. If, when they were drinking, a predator came along, they would have to rapidly lift their heads and run. This radical move would cause the brain to lose most of its blood supply, and they would pass out. They would be easy pickens’ for any predator. To alleviate this problem, they have a series of spongy reservoirs which keeps blood in the brain until normal blood circulation can resume. Their necks are completely unique in the animal kingdom. What an astounding design. Is this design evolvable?
The video next discusses (1) that Animals replicate themselves, and (2) that there’s always variation. This part is a given. (And here comes step 3) The video then uses a cartoon make believe animal called hypotheticus to demonstrate how an animal could get a longer and longer neck by eating higher and higher in trees, over generations of course. But this scenario for giraffes has already been refuted by evolution scientists (above). So this cartoon should also go into the trash.
Another problem for Potholer54 is the fact that there are numerous fossils of species that still live today that show absolutely no evolution of the type Potholer54 describes. A few samples are above. T. Rex (upper right) had arms that were so short it couldn’t clap. In 20 million years, ten times longer than it took man to evolve from early primates, T. Rex’s arms didn’t evolve at all. In fact there were no notable changes in T. Rex fossils over that period. Evillusionists say the reason is that it didn’t need longer arms! No matter how major the evidence problem, they always have a lame explanation. Wouldn’t T. Rex have been better able to grapple and survive if it had usable arms, just like giraffes who supposedly grew long necks so they could eat high in trees? Everywhere evolution needs to be, it isn’t.
Coelacanth is a perfect example. Coelacanth is an ancient fish with good 410 MY old fossils, but it was once thought extinct. Shockingly, it was found in the seas around India 75 years ago, with absolutely no sign of change at all, a bad surprise to the world of evolution. It hadn’t grown legs, arms, or anything! Keep in mind that 410 MY is 200 times longer than it took man to evolve from early primates to Homo sapiens. There are numerous examples of fossils that should show the changes portrayed by this video that don’t.
“For the sake of Republican candidates and peanut butter man”, Potholer54 is going to demonstrate his great intelligence, and break things down so even fools can understand how it all happened. A perfect example of Step 1 and 2.
He tells us that “Animals with hairy bodies will have a better chance of survival. Pretty obvious?” Obvious with one immense exception: Homo Sapiens. Why did we completely break the rule of natural selection and dis-evolve our all weather covering? Of the billions of species that live or ever lived on the planet earth, we are the only ones that can’t survive outdoors unclothed. Potholer54 would probably say, “We didn’t need all weather skin and fur because we evolved in equatorial areas.” But, so did gorillas, and they didn’t dis-evolve their all weather covering. According to Potholer54, we should be extinct. So Potholer54 will just have to ignore this obvious problem or come up with another tale to explain.
Next Potholer54 wastes his video time bringing up Noah’s Ark (Step 2), an obvious Biblical tale not believed by too many Christians today, and how some theologians think rapid “super” evolution happened after the flood to produce all of the species we have today. He then asks what physical evidence do they have that super evolution happened over two thousand years? “None”, he exclaims, showing a Bible, and he reiterates. “None!” Potholer54, there are many reasons to be skeptical of the TOE. People that are skeptical because they have religious beliefs that include the Bible are only one group. Biologically, mathematically, and logically there are also numerous reasons to doubt. It is completely disingenuous to include all doubters in the same group. Ev-illusionists always complain that skeptics use strawman arguments. Potholer 45 is doing a great job of using one here. He is an expert in the use of Step 2.
Potholer54 then goes on to show skeletons (fossils?) of different species, and note how similar they are. He thinks that this proves natural selection produced all of these species, one morphing into the next. What he does prove is that they are biologically and by natural design similar, which they obviously are. What he does not prove is that one species evolved into another by natural selection. The evidence for that: NONE. Similarity does not prove that natural selection produces new species from older ones.
Here comes Step 2.He then shows a baby picture of President GW Bush, and then an adult obviously fake digitized picture to make to make Bush look buffoonish. (Potholer54, if you read this, the line around the mouth is a dead giveaway.) He explains that if we looked at Bush day to day we wouldn’t see any changes. But over time, we would. The problem here for ev-illusionists is the plethora of ancient fossils for species still living today that show almost no changes as shown above. Potholer54 just ignores that fact and videos onward. If Potholer54 wanted to be more “accurate” he should have brought up a truer example of Pres. Bush and what evolution should really look like. He should have shown Pres. Bush from ovum through fetal development, childhood, and on to adulthood. These stages are what evolution should mimic over time. We should see a plethora of fossils showing limb growth to full tetrapods, species growing wings, and giraffes growing necks, just like a fetus would. But these evidences are totally lacking in the fossil record, which is a good reason for Potholer54 to not mention fetal development.
Some Step 4: Now we go back to more hypotheticus (“Oh Jesus, not that again.”) cartoons and we are told that some of them might evolve different feet that might be better for digging, and they might shrink and become unable to breed with longneckus hypotheticus. Isn’t imagination wonderful? This cartoon sure is good evidence that hypotheticus separated into two different species….in this cartoon anyway. Cartoons are much easier to work with than reality.
Next Potholer54 explains how a single celled species can evolve, over time, into a species with an incredibly complex brain. “Breaking it down into evolutionary steps, It’s EASY to understand.” (Step 4) Potholer54 has no grip on reality. Easy to understand how a single cell can evolve into the human brain? WOW. Sorry, but WOW. No person now living or who ever lived on earth has the intelligence to comprehend how the human brain could have formed. I’m glad it’s so easy for Potholer54. He goes on to explain how amoebas have central sensors that feel heat, cold, and chemicals. He next lets us know that these sensors could then evolve (a favorite phrase for ev-illusionists) into a sensory system with a central processor, which could get “bigger and better”. He then gives us drawings of a rat, cat, and rabbit brain. These animals can “do more things”. He talks about objections to his scenario which come up “time time and again” with a very bored condescending voice as if the objections are just a silly nuisance and a waste of time. (Perfect Step 2) What Potholer54 does not want you to do is think. Just accept this preposterous scenario. “Brains are caused by natural selection. Period.” And, not using your brain can cause you to believe this nonsense.
Potholer54 then recommends that we watch Richard Dawkins “excellent” video fantasy about how eyes evolved starring Dawkins as himself, and a toy eye as itself. Dawkins puts the toy eye together piece by piece and explains to us how the eye evolved in over 350,000 steps (mutations) except he does it in about five. Really excellent!
Potholer54 finishes with the startling information that mutations may not be the engine of change! After all of these years telling us the unbelievable tale about how mutations and natural selection produced species, organs, and us, and mocking those that don’t believe, evolutionists now find out that they were wrong? Could it be that after over a century of trying to sell the idea that mutations caused the evolution of organs and species, they realized that most mutations are neutral or disasters for the host, a fact that even grade school children know? The new story that we are supposed to believe, or we will be mocked and made fools of, is Cis-regulaion and, Epigenetics a process whereby proteins turn genes on and off! All I can say is, “Oh Jesus, he’s serious!”