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  •  Proof of Intelligent Design? (4.00)
    INTELLIGENT DESIGN?

    WHY THE FUCK DO THEY HAVE WINGS IF THEY CAN'T FLY?

    [Excuse me for shouting.]

    If you're looking for love in a looking glass world, it's pretty hard to find

    by patop on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 12:59:05 AM PDT

    •  Ah, (4.00)
      so they can swim, I imagine. They use the wings as fins underwater. Very beautiful to see; they are very graceful swimmers.
    •  Penguin wings (4.00)

      First of all:


      INTELLIGENT DESIGN?

      is bunk.  A load of silliness.  We're on the same page there, m'kay?  Now, to answer this:

      WHY THE FUCK DO THEY HAVE WINGS IF THEY CAN'T FLY?

      For swimming.  Have you seen those muthas underwater?  It really is awe-inspiring.  They make dolphins look clumsy.

      "Why, a child of five could figure this out! Someone fetch me a child of five." -Groucho Marx

      by kiwifruit on Wed Sep 14, 2005 at 01:16:21 AM PDT

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      •  Funny choice they made here, because (none)
        the penguin's wing is in fact an excellent refutation of one of the central favorite "arguments" of ID or creationism: The eye.

        How could something like the eye just "evolve"? they say, often.

        The answer is exaptation, in part, and other processes. Photo-sensitive spots turned into something else turned into something else, layer on layer. The optic nerve is another great piece of evidence- more intelligent design would have placed it so it doesn't come in and wrap around from the front, creating our blind spot. Perfectly logical to just connect it from the back.

        The penguin is truly a weird choice for this bunch because it in fact offers a excellent demonstration of just how this process can work, that something initially used for one task can evolve to be used for something entirely different.

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