Originally Posted by nara
In regards to your quote above, watch this video by Carl Sagan on evolution. It provides an alternate view on how what you described above could happen even in the absence of an intelligent designer. Carl Sagan: Evolution
The orchid of course doesn't know what the bees look like, but the bees can recognize what other bees look like. The likely occurence is that purely by chance, over the course of millions of years, a 'mutation' occured in the orchid to give it the slight appearance of a bee. Bees were attracted to it and thus helped it to spread and reproduce. The orchid most similar to a bee would have gotten the most attention and thus spread more rapidly. Over time, those that most resembled a bee would grow in number while those that looked less like a bee would decrease in population.
Sounds plausible, but only if ALL orchids then looked like female bees. But as you know, there are hundreds of varieties of orchids, most of which do NOT look like female bees. Why do they thrive as well, then?
You also suggest that a plant has actually taken on genetic information from an insect. I'm no scientist, but am I correct in assuming that this is no more possible than a human impregnating a horse and producing a centaur?!!
The orchid, while organic, does not possess the complex brain necessary to analyze the female bees DNA and splice its genetic info into its own in order to alter the physical makeup of its species.
What is it that evolutionists have against the idea of a higher intelligence than human beings? I'm not preaching the biblical god here. So why are you so adamant that there can't be a creator or creating intelligence simply because an old man with a beard has yet to appear before all in the sky?
You can't accept Darwin's logic and just poopoo everything that follows. That's what the pure creationists did when he came along. Theories need to be updated constantly as new discoveries are made, using not just scientific facts and evidence, but also human logic and intuition. One does not come up with a theory and then try to fit square pegs into that theory's round holes. If an undeniable square peg turns up, one must then adjust the theory until some square holes logically appear to accept the pegs.
Always keep an open mind. You're only human.