I hate to pile it on but this is funny. The AIG video is entitled, “Sorry, Evolutionists: Bees DESTROY Your Entire Worldview.”
I don’t get my “entire worldview” destroyed all that often [in all capital letters, no less] so I just had to check this out:
I guess their argument, allegedly, boils down to this:
(1) According to recent discoveries, bees have totally solved the Travelling Salesman Problem—because by repetition of return visits to a group of flowers with plenteous pollen, they soon shorten their distance travelled to something quite efficient.
(2) The world’s fastest and largest computers struggle to solve Travelling Salesman Problems. But humble bees solve the TSP quite routinely despite having tiny brains. (So there!!)
(3) Computer Scientists are using all kinds of simple but powerful algorithms that they learned from animals. (Example: Drones slowing their approach to an object do what flying insects do and adjust the “rate of expanding image” of the target object until it bring them to a full stop. It gives them a smooth rendezvous and/or landing.)
(4) Therefore, the Theory of Evolution of evolution has to be wrong.
If you are having difficulty following the jump from #3 to #4, I think their reasoning is that such amazing “problem solving” in nature could ONLY come about through supernatural processes and not just natural ones.
In other words, they are complaining about evolution and denying it—but it is actually the casual matter-of-fact methodological naturalism of science that has them so worked up. They insist on confusing a philosophical question with a scientific topic. As usual.
For readers new to Peaceful Science, I will reiterate that I’m fine with a philosophical position which affirms that an intelligent creator has created the biosphere but that poses no conflict with examples of evolution processes producing all sorts of amazing phenomena, such as bees being pretty good navigators.
Thus, if bees are quite good at solving Travelling Salesman Problems, it hardly “destroys the worldview” of this particular “evolutionist.”
Too bee or not too bee. Whether or not someone affirms a role for a creator, bee navigation poses no grand contradiction to the Theory of Evolution.
So bee/be cool about it, AIG.