I attented the September ’08 meeting of the Kanawha Creation Science Group recently, where we screened and discussed Dr. David Menton’s video, “The Hearing Ear and the Seeing Eye.” The video lecture gets it’s title from Proverbs 20:12:
“The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made both of them.”
Dr. Menton apologized at one point that those who’d agreed to have the lecture wanted him to make it not only boring, but informational as well! This video was truly jam-packed with information about the irreducibly complex mechanisms God created to give us sight and hearing! Sometimes it was almost too overwhelmingly technical. But it was worth the time to get an overview of how well-designed and complex these organs are.
One of the things that struck me was an aside about the lobster’s ears and how the lobster goes about re-asserting its balance whenever it molts. The following synopsis was taken from the Creation Instruction Association‘s website:
“Our sense of balance is regulated by fluid that seeks its gravitational balance as well. There are also hair cells within this that can register the movement of this fluid with the aid of little rock-like structures that react to gravity and pull the hairs down etc. Without these, we would have no sense of balance. Even lobsters have stones in their ears. When they shed their skeleton they actually lose these stones and, therefore, lose their sense of balance. To overcome this, they somehow know that they need to stuff bits of sand into their ear after shedding their shell (who told them to do this?). Gravity causes the sand to fall into this chamber than the hair registers this and he has balance again. One could do an interesting science experiment. Take a crawfish or lobster and keep it in a tank. When it sheds its shell make sure there is no sand or gravel in the tank. Then put iron filings in the tank. Once the lobster inserts them into his ear, a simple magnet can cause it to lose all sense of orientation.”
Another proof of the Intelligent Designer’s agency! Praise be to God!
The Kanawaha Creation Science Group will next meet on October 2nd, the day before the Kanawha Creation Science Conference, at 7:00 PM at Greater Things Fellowship.
Directions to Greater Things Fellowship:
Exit I-64 at Exit 56 (Montrose Drive), turn left on Kanawha Turnpike, make a right at the second street (Tremont Street), turn right at the end of this street onto Highland Avenue. The church is on the left near the end of Highland Avenue.
*The general meeting of the KCSG is the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m., also at Greater Things Fellowship and includes a speaker or Creation presentation.