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29-12-2015, 10:54 AM
Insect With Mechanical Gears
The small hopping insect Issus coleoptratus uses a locomotive gear mechanism on its leg joints to precisely synchronize the kicks of its hind legs as it jumps forward.

This Insect Has the Only Mechanical Gears Ever Found in Nature

This raises an interesting question both for creationists who'll undoubtedly claim this proves their theory of an intelligent designer, and we atheists who interpret it as proof of the evolutionary processes. Why would a designer-god provide this unique biological mechanism for a 3mm-long leaf-hopping insect whose only purpose is to provide feed for birds and spiders? Surely he/she would utilise this sort of sophisticated mechanism for the benefit or survival factor of his/her highest functioning creation; homo sapiens?

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29-12-2015, 01:00 PM
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Way to go, issus coleoptratus. I bow down to your mysterious ways of locomotion. Bowing
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29-12-2015, 01:25 PM
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The legs in the picture look like the pedal crank on a bicycle.
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29-12-2015, 01:32 PM
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Thanks for posting that.

“We usually think of gears as something that we see in human designed machinery, but we’ve found that that is only because we didn’t look hard enough,” Sutton said. “These gears are not designed; they are evolved—representing high speed and precision machinery evolved for synchronisation in the animal world.”

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30-12-2015, 09:26 AM
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I don't think so....

I've been a gear-head for years....


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30-12-2015, 10:22 AM
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(29-12-2015 10:54 AM)SYZ Wrote:  Surely he/she would utilise this sort of sophisticated mechanism for the benefit or survival factor of his/her highest functioning creation; homo sapiens?

Why should he give us a mechanism like this? We have been able to get along fine without it.

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30-12-2015, 10:30 AM
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(30-12-2015 10:22 AM)theophilus Wrote:  
(29-12-2015 10:54 AM)SYZ Wrote:  Surely he/she would utilise this sort of sophisticated mechanism for the benefit or survival factor of his/her highest functioning creation; homo sapiens?

Why should he give us a mechanism like this? We have been able to get along fine without it.

Because he could have designed us to get along better because isn't he perfect and capable of anything?

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30-12-2015, 12:08 PM
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(30-12-2015 10:30 AM)TheBeardedDude Wrote:  
(30-12-2015 10:22 AM)theophilus Wrote:  Why should he give us a mechanism like this? We have been able to get along fine without it.

Because he could have designed us to get along better because isn't he perfect and capable of anything?

Our knees would be a whole lot better geared. Consider

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30-12-2015, 12:14 PM
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The gear teeth don't even follow a mathematically precise involute curve. You can see from the video that there's quite a bit of backlash as the gear teeth engage. A god could have done better. #NatureFail

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31-12-2015, 08:28 AM
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(29-12-2015 10:54 AM)SYZ Wrote:  The small hopping insect Issus coleoptratus uses a locomotive gear mechanism on its leg joints to precisely synchronize the kicks of its hind legs as it jumps forward.

This Insect Has the Only Mechanical Gears Ever Found in Nature

This raises an interesting question both for creationists who'll undoubtedly claim this proves their theory of an intelligent designer, and we atheists who interpret it as proof of the evolutionary processes. Why would a designer-god provide this unique biological mechanism for a 3mm-long leaf-hopping insect whose only purpose is to provide feed for birds and spiders? Surely he/she would utilise this sort of sophisticated mechanism for the benefit or survival factor of his/her highest functioning creation; homo sapiens?

Yes, that's all you need to say to debunk this claim.

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