Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Famous Frauds in Evolution Part 2: Fruit Flies

The second famous fraud that we will look at is the four-winged fruit fly picture that has been featured in many textbooks. This picture shows two fruit flies side by side; the fly on the left is the normal two-winged fruit fly, while the fly on the right is a one of a kind four-winged fly:

The story behind the picture is that the four-winged fly proves evolution by showing that a fly evolved a second set of wings for itself. Since evolution teaches that everything will make progress until we eventually reach perfection (which directly opposes the Thermodynamics’ law of increasing entropy), scientists tell us that this fly decided to better itself by evolving the second set of wings.

But what the textbook doesn’t say is how this process was done. These fruit flies were tested with radiation to see how the next generation would look (fruit flies are born and have offspring within a matter of days, making them a favorite to experiment on). What happened when these flies were tested? Some had no wings. Some had small wings. Some had large wings. Some had shriveled up wings. One even had legs growing out of its head in place of antennae[1]. And of course, one had four wings.

Ignoring all the freaky fruit flies, scientists ran with the one positive test they found. Except that the test wasn’t all that positive.

The textbooks failed to mention that the second set of wings didn’t actually work; they were the result of a genetic mishap and they had no working parts. The extra weight actually weighed the fruit fly down, making it unable to fly. These flies are less likely to survive, which is the opposite of evolution’s survival of the fittest.

So what is billed as proof of evolution—something making progress—is actually the exact opposite—something regressing to a place where it is unable to fly.

A fly that can’t fly is not even a fly. It is a walk!

And yet this fraudulent proof of evolution continues to be used, disregarding the fact that even if one fruit fly had a second set of wings, there still is no new species.   

[1] Pearcy, Nancy, Total Truth, Crossway, p.160

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