Insects Evolved Wings

Praise the Lord from the earth, You great sea creatures and all the depths; Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word; Mountains and all hills; Fruitful trees and all cedars; Beasts and all cattle; Creeping things and flying fowl; Kings of the earth and all peoples; Princes and all judges of the earth; Both young men and maidens; Old men and children.

(Psalms 148:7-12) NKJV

If we find insects with wings in the buried remains of a Mississippi swamp, does it mean that insects evolved wings in the swamp? No, it means that insects with wings were buried in a swamp.

On one had this three-worded phrase is simply stating that, according to the evolutionary narrative, the Mississippian would be about the time in the sequence of evolutionary adaptations when we would expect insects to evolve the ability to fly. It has the unintended consequence of making it seem as if evolution is proactive. As if there were a whole lot of flightless insects and it suddenly occurred to one of them to try flying and see how it goes.

It should be apparent to anyone who’s paying attention that the way in which the narrative of evolution has been crafted is, though admittedly intricate and extensively sourced, entirely fictional. As such, popular science (SciPop) and science fiction (SciFi) are the same thing. For this reason we will enjoy an excerpt from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It has a large section on the subject of flying, which details exactly how to master the art. Who knows, if you try really hard perhaps you can evolve wings too.

There is an art, it says, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. Pick a nice day, [The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy] suggests, and try it.

There’s a lot of overlap in the flora between the Devonian and the Carboniferous. The presence or absence of insects with wings is how a paleontologist decides if the sediment is Devonian or Carboniferous. It’s another little microcosm of circular reasoning which makes the fictional narrative of evolution into a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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