Three Cheers for Chameleons

Ever since the really hot weather started, we’ve been annoyed by flies.

The very thought of a chameleon is a morale-booster. These guys never miss! I know because I had chameleons many years ago and they were super-deadly to any flying or crawling or hopping insect. Much more accurate than I am with a fly-swatter.

It’s a pleasure to watch.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

5 responses to “Three Cheers for Chameleons

  • unknowable2

    That’s amazing. It’s as if some Higher Power designed that ability, and not blind chance. 🙂

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    • leeduigon

      “Ain’t chance grand?” –D. James Kennedy

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      • unknowable2

        It is to laugh. Nothing complex can possibly happen without intelligence. Let me illustrate:

        I work with Routers, which are essentially computers that are connected to all sorts of communications channels and use some logical algorithms to select the most efficient path. They are actually very simple devices and the “AI” they use to select a path could be diagrammed on a napkin with room to spare. The basic idea is that each router knows the “road” to whatever it’s connected to and if each router shares the routes it knows about, in a matter of seconds, all the routers will know one or more routes to get to any other router and even if one path were to disappear, they would have enough information to find an alternate route. The Internet, miracle that it is, essentially is a huge collection of routers with routing protocols which make it possible for my iPad to exchange information with WordPress’ servers and for me to make this post.

        Anyhow, I own 8 of these devices myself; somewhat obsolete models that I’ve picked up for pennies on the dollar, and I use these for testing and self-training in a lab environment. The other day, I could not get my 8 routers to share route information reliably and it was caused by a “6” being where a “2” should have been. One number, out of hundreds, and it broke the functionality of some fairly and sophisticated software. The principle here, is that as something becomes more complex, the effect of one tiny part of the system expands to have a disproportionate effect on the entire system.

        Now, a lab comprised of 8 routers is a tiny, tiny fraction of the complexity of one cell in that Chameleon’s tongue. The lines of code involved in producing that Chameleon are vast and there are a lot of places where the wrong value would produce an animal that was not viable. Evolution is a fairy tale.

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        • leeduigon

          “Natural selection” having failed them, Darwinists rely on beneficial mutations to account for perceived changes in living things. Only most mutations–as you see with your router–are anything but beneficial.

          When was the last time one of those numerical cockups in your router produced a beneficial result?

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          • unknowable2

            Mutations rarely are positive things.

            Since posting this morning, I did a minor upgrade to an interface card on one of my simplest routers; the simple replacement of a one-port serial card with a two port serial card. That simple change, something I’ve done numerous times on production routers, decided not to work and I spent hours reviewing the programming (about two lines of code) and never found a single thing wrong. After staring at perfectly good configuration that refused to work, I finally gave up and moved the link to another port and it started working, using essentially the same exact settings.

            My point is that in even relatively simple systems, the odds favor failure, not success. If a person whom programs routers for a living can have a failure doing the same thing that they’ve done many times over the years, what chance is there that a series of random mutations will produce a new function in a living creature. Let me get my calculator and I’ll tell you. Zero!

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