Venus Flytrap Takes a Bite Out of Darwinism. Watch only if you can bear a true horror story direct from nature. No modern film would go to this kind of story since for the fly, there is no happy ending, even if some do get away. Not to mention that Darwinian theory cannot possibly provide a mechanism through which the Venus Fly Trap could have evolved since the necessary combination of the fly trap along with the ability to gain nutrition from flies defies explanation. Each half is purposeless without the other, and the independent but simultaneous evolution of each is impossible.
On a new episode of ID the Future, Brazilian Scotsman Andrew McDiarmid reads from Scottish Brazilian chemist Marcos Eberlin’s recent book Foresight: How the Chemistry of Life Reveals Planning and Purpose. In this excerpt, the distinguished scientist highlights the challenge the Venus flytrap poses for evolutionary theory. Download the podcast or listen to it here.
Dr. Eberlin, the former president of the International Mass Spectrometry Association, describes the problem: The Venus flytrap, like all carnivorous plants, had no use for its insect-trapping function unless it also had an insect-digesting function. And vice versa. Did they really both evolve together? And how, when there would be no functional advantage along much of the evolutionary pathway to the sophisticated finished system? Finally, how did this “evolutionary miracle” also happen in four other carnivorous plant genera?
If you watched the video, you can’t say I didn’t warn you.