A spider that designs elaborate, fake spiders and hangs them in its web has been discovered in the Peruvian Amazon.
Believed to be a new species in the genus Cyclosa, the arachnid crafts the larger spider from leaves, debris and dead insects. Though Cyclosa includes other sculpting arachnids, this is the first one observed to build a replica with multiple, spidery legs.
Scientists suspect the fake spiders serve as decoys, part of a defense mechanism meant to confuse or distract predators. It sure seems like this is an example of Intelligent Design in nature, engineered by a creature that is itself an example of Intelligent Design - the spider.
Here are some questions that we need to ask in light of this interesting discovery:
- I wonder who taught this spider to create this geometric imitation of a spider?
- Who instructed the spider that it's design would work (psychologically) into fool predators into attacking it?
- If we can detect that this "decoy" is an instance of Intelligent Design, why can we not make the same inference with DNA, the Human Cell, or humans in general? Using the argument from "the Lesser to the Greater", if the lesser must be designed (the decoy) must not also the spider that constructed it?
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