Useless Blubber And Dolphin Blood

Today, let’s do two things: a follow-up on that post I did on the Flood of Noah, and why irreducible complexity is not applied in the cetacean world.  Okay, the follow-up:

Recently, I dissected popular theories about the Flood of Noah, and pointed out three major problems.  Well, here’s another, referencing how many problems there are with the idea that, if the climate was temperate, all animals could live together, expediting Noah’s two-by-two gathering.  Well, straight from the depths of the Talkorigins archives comes some more trouble: useless design.  You see, adaptions like blubber, which helps keep polar animals nice and toasty, would be useless in a temperate climate.  If God gave all of these animals special adaptions, why would he put them in the same place, with the same environment, where most adaptions wouldn’t need to exist?  Furthermore, another problem with the temperate theory is that, if there was only one environment, and since the Flood would have decimated everything on Earth, where did the other biomes (like forest, savannah, etc.) come from?  I’ve probably said it before, and I’m going to say it again-it’s a problem.

Now, let’s continue on through the world of bad science, all the way to intelligent design.  This bit is interesting for me because it hits pretty close to home-and I mean that literally.  There are several major colleges in the area.  Both of my parents work at one or the other, Dad being an admissions officer at Northampton Community College, my mother working at Lehigh University.  And LU comes into play for this paragraph.  You see, at the university is a biology professor who is an intelligent design idol-none other than Dr. Michael Behe.  He wrote the popular (if very controversial and scientifically suspect) book, Darwin’s Black Box, which basically stretches his entire argument-how complex formations such as mousetraps couldn’t have evolved naturally.  Wow, I didn’t know that mousetraps were living organisms, of the genus Mousetrapius!  Oh, that’s just an analogy?  Sorry.

But seriously, folks.  One of Behe’s main points of irreducible complexity (his name for the age-old argument) is blood clotting.  According to the professor, biological mechanisms that produce blood clots show clear evidence of complexity, and possibly design.  But, in the real world, it doesn’t work!  As pointed out in the Dover/Kitzmiller trials (from which we evolutionists celebrate the merry, albeit fake, holiday of Kitzmas), dolphins do not have all of the mechanisms that Behe points out!  If irreducible complexity were to be real and evident in nature, if you stabbed a thumb tack into a dolphin, wouldn’t it just bleed to death?

Thank you for joining me in this lively discussion about both useless design and irreducible complexity.



  1. #1 by Hillary Glatt Kwiatek on July 6, 2011 - 12:28 pm

    Hey Miles,

    Could you elaborate a bit more about what you mean about dolphins and clotting? Are you saying dolphins don’t have clotting factors in their blood? I’m not as up to speed on my cetacean biology as you and would appreciate a little more info.


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