Plant biologists discuss ways that organisms in the plant world appear
to "mimic" the forms of insect life as a beneficial adaptation.
These features are common enough in the plant world to merit a lot of
consideration from the evolutionist's philosophy. In order to support a
completely naturalistic theory that accounts for species diversity, the
mechanism by which such features arise in an organism must necessarily
be a fortuitous accident.
As I understand the thinking, random chance accounts for changes in the
genetic potential of plant organisms, which may result in expression of
traits, which then could possibly happen to prove advantageous to the
survivability of that organism. Since there is at least immediately a
particular advantage for this adapted plant, it competes more
effectively in it's own environmental niche, and reproduces more
abundantly than relatively less fit competitors. This shift in the
ecological balance results in perpetuating the beneficial trait.
It is problematic, however, to refer to such a tenuous probability when
looking at specific examples of adaptation that are so marvellously
elegant and intricate, even so ingeneously implemented as to effectively
merit the admiration of human biologists.
In the article cited, the scientists marvel about various forms of
"mimicry" as though these clever plants might blush from praise. Yet
obviously, these plants came to adopt such incredible forms merely by
chance. No intelligent agent is needed to account for plants that so
effectively mimic insects.
These scientists unwittingly introduce anthropocentric attributions in
their descriptions of plants that mimic insects. To mimic or imitate
necessarily seems to imply intelligent direction. Plants have no innate
intelligence that science can detect, nor does there seem to be any
tenet of evolutionary theory that would explain what force would direct
plants to develop such artfully explicit renderings of insects or
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