Ants and Bees
America just converted from traditional, old fashioned analog to modern digital TV. It was a complicated process that required tremendous cooperation in all segments of society. We had to make sure that TV stations could transmit using the new format and that sets were available to receive the new format. Of course there was the issue of compatibility, making old TV sets (receivers) work with the new format. If we had simply switched over the transmitters but not the receivers, no one would have been able to watch the new signals. If we had simply switched over the receivers but not the transmitters, people would have been unable to see anything because nothing was being transmitted in the new format.
That’s the nature of communication: Both transmitters and receivers must be constructed to be compatible and tuned to each other very precisely or else communication simply cannot exist. Of course the problem is even more complex because if the newscaster transmits in Russian, but the listener watching the TV only speaks English, the message is unintelligible in spite of successful technical transmission and reception.
And that is what makes ants and bees so fascinating. These tiny little creatures live in a highly structured society: Everyone has a specific job. The queen lays eggs, there are workers to clean house, soldiers to protect the home, and scouts who go out seeking food and water. The various members of the society somehow communicate with each other to accomplish their jobs in an orderly fashion. Without communication chaos reigns and the society dies.
But let’s just focus on the ant scouts for a moment. These scouts go far away from the home in search of food, water, and so on. When the scouts find something of interest such as food, water, or danger, they lay down a trail of chemicals for other ants to find it or avoid it as necessary. I’ve been told that ants have a chemical vocabulary of 3-5 words, in spite of the fact that their brain is smaller than a pinhead. Bees similarly communicate their findings, but they use a complex dance to convey their messages at home, using an even more sophisticated “vocabulary” than ants use.
The question immediately arises, “How did all this communication come about in the first place?”
If one ant or bee somehow evolved and learned to “speak”, it would have been a useless skill because no other ant or bee would have “heard” and “understood” it. The “talking” ant or bee would have simply died without successful communication taking place. A similar situation would occur if just one ant or bee learned to “hear”; that would be useless because there was none to “speak.”
Perhaps two creatures suddenly learned to communicate at the same time? But what if both only “spoke” or only “listened”? Communication couldn’t take place. Besides, the chances of that occurring concurrently in the same society are so small as to be impossible. Furthermore, what if that did occur, but the “speaker” and “listener” used different languages – the most likely situation? Communication would not have occurred in spite of everything else being in place. The chances of communication occurring successfully as a result of random processes are infinitesimal to non-existent.
And how would they pass on this new skill to others who didn’t have it and understand it, or to the next generation? After all, eggs are being laid by a queen who doesn’t communicate with scouts and there is no biological mechanism for a scout to enhance the intelligence of the eggs being laid by the queen.
And then how did such a complex, structured, and interdependent society as a beehive or ant-colony randomly form and survive without communication in the first place? It’s impossible!
Therefore the only rational solution to these questions is intelligent design. Ants and bees were designed to communicate just like our TVs from the very beginning, else their society could not exist. Communication skill could not have evolved because the society cannot survive without communication, and ants and bees cannot survive independently of their society. Intelligent design elegantly solves all the thorny problems random evolution cannot explain about ants and bees.
Since ants and bees are the product of intelligent design, there must be a designer. And if there is a designer, there must be a creator. Ants and bees are fascinating creatures; they reveal such profound secrets!
The fingerprints of a designer are everywhere if one just looks close enough
Because all is not as it looks!