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Fri, 16 Jul 2004

Evolution?  Really?

While I do believe in the evolutionary process as far as species adapting to their surroundings, I just can't accept the theory of one species evolving from another as there are too many marvels for life to be accidental.

Plankton Cool Off With Own Clouds

Phytoplankton may be small, but that doesn't mean they can't do big things -- like change the weather to suit their needs.

A recent study funded by NASA's Earth Science Department shows that the tiny sea plants release high quantities of cloud-forming compounds on days when the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays are especially strong. The compounds evaporate into the air through a series of chemical processes that result in especially reflective clouds. This, in turn, blocks the radiation from bothering the phytoplankton.


The two researchers performed the study on measurements taken off the coast of Bermuda. There, they found that the ocean levels of a compound called dimethylsulfoniopropionate, or DMSP, were directly related to the level of ultraviolet radiation reaching the phytoplankton that live near the ocean's surface.

DMSP is an important link in the plankton-to-cloud cycle because, as it leaves the phytoplankton cells and enters into the water, bacteria break it down into a chemical called dimethylsulfide, or DMS. Evaporated water, in turn, carries the DMS into the air where the chemical reacts with oxygen to form various sulfur compounds. These compounds collect as dust particles that promote water condensation, which, finally, leads to cloud formation.

Full article at Wired News.

So, to summarize:  Plankton decide they're getting too crispy in the sun so they sweat a chemical known as DMSP.  Bacteria slurp up the DMSP and excrete DMS.  DMS is carried away by evaporation where it reacts with oxygen to form a number of sulfur compounds.  The sulfur compounds collect as dust particles which cause condensation and the creation of clouds which are more reflective than your everyday cumulus and stratus clouds:  The compounds evaporate into the air through a series of chemical processes that result in especially reflective clouds. [emphasis mine]

How can Darwinian theory account for such a simle creature as plankton being the masters of a complex bio-chemical process that directly impacts the weather?  I am supposed to believe that this happened by happy accident?  Occam's Razor slices and Murphy's Law dices, the first says that the simplest explanation is the most likely to win and the second says that if it can happen it will.  It's easier to have a bad accident (killing a thing) than a happy accident (making a thing better); so, why are there so many happy accidents in nature?  Why didn't the bad accidents kill off life faster than it could evolve to handle it?  One could argue that sheer numbers mean that some must survive the bad accidents and so nature is riddled with survivors, that the happy accidents are just the survivors of bad accidents.  What about the very beginning of life then?  Surely numbers couldn't have been in favor of living then?

In my view, Occam's Razor dictates that without an interfering force, life had no chance and even if it did beat the numbers, happy accidents would have to be a rarity and not the norm.  In my view, plankton clouds are no happy accident; rather, they are yet another proof that life was designed by a master architect.

7 But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:
8 Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.
9 Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?
10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.
Job 12:7-10

44 But Alma said unto him: Thou hast had signs enough; will ye tempt your God? Will ye say, Show unto me a sign, when ye have the testimony of all these thy brethren, and also all the holy prophets? The scriptures are laid before thee, yea, and all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator.
Alma 30:44

63 And behold, all things have their likeness, and all things are created and made to bear record of me, both things which are temporal, and things which are spiritual; things which are in the heavens above, and things which are on the earth, and things which are in the earth, and things which are under the earth, both above and beneath: all things bear record of me.
Moses 6:63

This entry authored by Tyran at 06:55

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