Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Isn't evolution wonderful? Camouflage

It's been awhile, eh? Ponder how mindless processes over vast eons produced this:


14 comments:

Merrilee Stevenson said...

That was so cool. Kinda wonder where they were going with the last comments about being behind the 8-ball and seeing the world differently than the animals. But still awe-striking video!

VcdeChagn said...

Can you imagine the conversation the octupus had with his favored predator. Can you see me now? Great....

Also...an entire market would be shot down if humans could change their skin texture. No more botox, no more spa treatments for callused feet...

Ok folks, get to evolving...just concentrate real hard.....

Doug Hibbard said...

We had a great time yesterday at the zoo, discussing the brilliance behind all the different features and functions of the animals.

Kids see evolution as patently absurd. Why are grownups so thick-headed?

ajlin said...

If the function of this camouflage is to protect from predators isn't it reasonable to assume that the cephalopod ability to camouflage did arise by natural selection/micro-evolutionary adaptation?

Just Jules said...

My son and I watched this together. He said, "God can do anything."

Al said...

At the end of the video, there is a statement about how we view the world, that different animals see the world differently.

I think this applies to different humans as well. Two men, both made in the image of God, who see this marvelous creature, see two different things. One sees obvious natural selection and the other obvious special creation. Who knew faith had such a dramatic physical effect.

al sends

The Bible Christian said...

This is ridiculously awesome, glory to God.

Fred Butler said...

If the function of this camouflage is to protect from predators isn't it reasonable to assume that the cephalopod ability to camouflage did arise by natural selection/micro-evolutionary adaptation?

Yes. But the octopus didn't will it to happen after several thousand generations. The ability already existed in his genetics. The "already existed" part is unexplainable by the typical evolutionary narrative.

Robert said...

Thanks, Dan...going to show this one to the boys tonight. I'm sure they'll be talking about how cool it is for days.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Oh man, that is AMAZING! Absolutely brilliant.

Evolution??? And how did the animal survive to "develop" that? Because, you know, dead things don't evolve.

Robert said...

Mrs. Grasshopper,

Haven't you heard? It all happens by the magical power coming from the back of crystals...at least that is what one scientist claims...or aliens...who of course come from nowhere and that makes sense, too.

ajlin said...

Fred Butler:

-Very good point.

Scooter said...

Random chance is something poker players take very seriously. They learn to compute the odds of a certain trick, card counting, and rate of return for each of their plays. They do this to make the least riskiest decision.

By contrast some folks think evolutionary chance has hacked its way to the intelligence of Skynet and can direct evolution towards the precision that this octopus needs to blend in.

If we could evolve to change our skin, no one would need smart phones anymore. Everyone would be tweeting on their chest or backs. Talking about letting the whole world know what you're thinking...

Kirby said...

@Al

Bingo!


@DJP - that was crazy. I've seen some pretty cool octopus video but that was crazy. Crazy.

@Hanson, the videographer. The octopus is thinking, "give glory to God, and read the book of Romans."