Book Review: Natureâ€™s IQ: Extraordinary Animal Behaviors that Defy Evolution
Reviewed by Lavanya-mangala-devi dasi
Why do arctic terns fly 22,000 miles each year? How can a fish have both eyes on the same side of its body? What is the meaning of the complex patterns of dances performed by honeybees?
The answers to these questions and many more are shared in a virtual odyssey into the kingdom of nature entitled Natureâ€™s IQ: Extraordinary Animal Behaviors that Defy Evolution (Torchlight Publishing, Inc. 2009). Released just after the 200th Anniversary of Charles Darwinâ€™s birthday, this English translation from the original Hungarian edition will delight inquisitive children, wizened sages, the young at heart, nature lovers, and Intelligent Design theorists alike. Â The authors, IstvĂˇn Tasi (aka Isvara Krsna das), a Cultural Anthropologist and Theologian, and BalĂˇzs HornyĂˇnszky, a Bioengineer, present case after compelling case supporting their thesis that Darwinian Evolution is not a logical sequitur of intricate and idiosyncratic animal behaviors but rather, natural intelligence reflects a supreme intelligence and designer. Richly illustrated, offering 200 exquisitely interesting color plates, this 160-page hardbound book scintillates with detail, intrigue, and wit, beckoning the curious reader onward into ensuing vignettes sparkling with enigmatic adventures of mysterious living entities.
A summary of â€śDarwinâ€™s frogsâ€ť is given on pages 122-123:
Darwin himself discovered the frog in Chile (Rhinoderma darwinii). After female Darwinâ€™s frogs lay their eggs on wet beaches, males sense the scent of the eggs and fertilize them. They then station themselves beside the eggs in groups and guard them for about twenty days. When the developing eggs begin to move in their tiny, jelly-like globules, the males lean over to them and gulpâ€”they seemingly eat them! Of course, they do not eat the eggs but instead place them with their tongue into their long expandable vocal pouch, situated in the lower part of ther body. The eggs continue to develop in the vocal pouch until one day the male suddenly yawns widely, and the fully developed baby frogs jump out of his mouthâ€¦.
â€¦For viable offspring to hatch, the frog father must know that he has to keep an eye on the eggs. Furthermore, he has to have the instincts commanding the right behavior: when the young are about to hatch, he has to get them into his specially structured vocal pouch. And when they are fully developed, he has to set them free. If any of these elements were missing, the frogâ€™s reproduction would be unsuccessful. Therefore, it is inconceivable that the Darwinâ€™s frog and its special way of reproduction came into existence step by step, as a result of small changesâ€¦.It is inconceivable that this frog species, with its specialized behavior, came into existence by a sudden large-scale mutationâ€¦.The chance mutation of these genes causing a series of concerted, appropriate behaviors would be more than a miracle.
This excerpt provides one example of the methodology employed in analyzing and diffusing evolution theory in terms of reproduction and survival of offspring. Other sections cover predation, defense, symbiosis, animal communication, navigation, and mating behaviors.
The final chapter, entitled â€śThe Source of Intelligence,â€ť presents an alternative explanation referred to as â€śinverse evolutionâ€ť from the Vedic ontology:
The Vedic account of the origin of species has three main principles: existence of a supreme person, living beings on other planets with special creative and multiplication abilities, and descent by modification.
The authors assert that incredible behavioral complexity, species diversity, amazing instinctual intelligence, and symbiotic relationships of living entities emanate from the source of all created beings, the Godhead, as described in elaborate detail throughout the voluminous ancient scriptures of East India. They conclude that â€śIn reality, natureâ€™s IQ is the creatorâ€™s IQ.â€ť
Employing a distinctly innovative approach, Natureâ€™s IQ offers original and valuable insights for the Intelligent Design community; however, Charles Darwinâ€™s followers might also find it interesting!
Natureâ€™s IQ website: http://www.naturesiq.com
Available from: http://www.torchlight.com and http://www.mcremo.com/order.htm