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Meny Stäng

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Bedbugs and Design

Design or Evolution?

There are a lot of people I have met on the Internet who thinks that the universe is designed. Myself, I do not. There is nothing in this world that to me is unquestionable evidence for design, not even the human body in all its marvelous chemistry and biology.

To me there is no thing as a soul or a spirit. We are what we are and our brains create the illusion of free will. I am an atheist and therefore I do not believe in any gods at all.

Recently there has been a discussion in which I was involved dealing with the design or not of the universe and I decided to write this little piece, perhaps it will give you something to think about. Perhaps not. Anyway, there are things in this universe that clearly look to me as if they where NOT designed by an omnipotent, omniscient just god.

The Bedbug

Cimex lectularius, the first of the two species I’d like to mention is equipped with a very long and sharp, hard penis which it uses to stab-rape females of its species and to ejaculate into the female body cavity—bypassing the usual genital opening in the female. The sperm travels through her blood stream to special receptacles where she can store it until she ovulates.

Xylocaris maculipennis has developed this method even further. The male of this species stab-rapes other males! In fact a male of this species may even be assaulted by another male while copulating with a female.

The sperm of the rapist enters the vas deferens of his male victim and is used by the victim during copulation. Which is not to say that the sperm of the rapist is injected directly into the raped male’s vas deferens with accuracy – the sperm simply ”migrates in the recipient’s blood to his testes”, ”and hence to the vas deferens tubules attached to his testes, where the rapist’s sperm is then pumped out of the penis of the raped male, and into the female.” [MacQuitty & Mound, Megabugs]

The Wasp

The ichneumon wasp is a lovely creation. It paralyses the caterpillars and lays its eggs inside them. Their larvae when developing will eat the caterpillar alive from the inside. Imagine the mind of the god which designed something like that. I wonder what he thought of.

My conclusion

Creationists may want to conclude that this is the creation of an all-loving, omnipotent being they call god, but I have a feeling that there is no such thing. This together with all the rest of the compelling evidence that biodiversity is a result from evolution.

Thanks to zawawa@space.net.au for his post to alt.atheism regarding this issue and this little article is based much on that.

Ref:

1. Adrian Forsyth, A Natural History of Sex.

2. MacQuitty & Mound, Megabugs.

3. Richard Dawkins, Climbing Mount Improbable

Skogskyrkogården / The Woodland Cemetery

This was my fourth  attempt to reach the Woodland Cemetery in Stockholm, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the famous must-sees in Stockholm, especially if you are interested in architecture.

The previous times things have come up that have prevented me to go, and now I set out without telling anyone else and just went there. Of course I had some bad luck and killed one of my flashes so that one needs to go to the repair shop :( Always something. However the trip resulted in some pictures from a blistering cold January day in the south end of Stockholm at the woodland cemetery.

Woodland chapel

The wood chapel

The chapel of the holy cross

Chapel of the holy cross.

Cross

The famous cross.

Steps to the Remembrance Garden

Remembrance Garden

Rememberance Garden

Remembrance garden

Seven wells path

Path to the chapel of resurrection

Greta

Greta Garbo

Entrance to chapel

Chapel of Resurrection

Viðareiði Church

A church on the faroe Islands, close to the sea and surrounded by grasslands and mountain and of course the prevailing north atlantic sea.

Vidareidi Church

Vidareidi, The Faroe Islands. Taken with a Nikon D70s, Nikkor AF-S 18-70/3.5-5.6G ED-IF, Post process: Adobe Lightroom.

The Vidareidi chuch is one of the most famous churches on the Faroe Islands. Close to it there are some very old graves from the Viking age being dug out by archaeologists proving that people have lived here for a very long time back through the bronze and iron age.

Driving through this area is quite fantastic and suddenly the landscape opens up between the mountains and the bay where the North Atlantic Sea comes in and the church really stands out against the wild country around with some pens where sheep are grasing.

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