Sunday, September 16, 2007

Why Creationist fail basic biology.

6. Some creatures, like the honey bee, just can't be accounted for by the theory of natural selection, since the honey bees themselves don't pass on genetic information.

Sorry, bees do pass genetic information. Like all cellular-based life, bees use DNA.

What I think they meant by this is that worker bees don't pass on genetic information, because they themselves have no offspring. However, by helping their sisters or mothers produce more offspring, and by helping that the colony as a whole survives, worker bees help insure that their genes are passed down to the next generation. A colony of a 100 bees, of which 99 are workers, will produce more young that reach a reproductive age, than a hundred individual bees trying to raise their own young. Also while larger colonies have less offspring per individual, it is important to remember that the larger colonies are less likely to fail due to predation.
Evolution helps us understand the dynamics of eusocial behavior, by understanding the cost and benefits.

Then again, I could be wrong and God went poof. Tada - the honey bee. Then did it again six more times for all of the honey bees in the genus Apis. Then went "tada" around 30000 more times, for the rest of the bees. I think God got lazy sometime after the genus Bombus, because he started to make more solitary bees the eusocial. He was also kind of a jerk, because he made some of the bees cleptoparsites on other bees. So much for the whole "Thou shalt not steal." God must have gotten into the wine, he was making the Halictids. Some Eusocial, some solitary, some both. Personally, I think God would have got bored sometime in between Promelitta alboclypeata and Haplomelitta ogiliviei. But heck, If God is willing to make 500000 different types of weevils, then 30000 different bees should be no problem. I guess creationism makes sense when you stop thinking about it.

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