This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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A mimic is not a missing link

What evolutionary theory sometimes presents as evidence of transformation and as “missing links” could be more accurately described as imitations. A certain animal or insect might mimic a species foreign to it in habit, habitat, or appearance, but without stepping outside of the qualitative framework established by its own species. Whales are perhaps the most common example of this. Being mammals, they imitate the appearance and habitat of fishes; likewise the armadillo appears to be a lizard but is still quite strictly a mammal.

What should be kept in mind here is that in examples of imitation what we find is that a higher species is mimicking a lower one. In the two cases just mentioned, we find mammals (whale and armadillo) taking on the appearance of reptiles and fish. This fact alone–that it is a higher form imitating a lower–demonstrates that they cannot be ‘intermediate forms’ unless we are not to believe that evolution works in the reverse. Nor can they even be examples of simple adaptation since there is no conceivable transition between a land mammal and a whale. What these imitative forms present to us are the extremes of variation within a species, but there is nothing to prove that they are more than that.

What all of this means is that the essential forms themselves are never blurred, and the only reason that animal kinds seem to blur into one another is that science refuses to take essential forms into account.

In response to the discontinuous emergence of species in the fossil record it has been suggested that evolution occurred by leaps and sporadically. As evidence for these we are directed to the sporadic mutations that occur in the species we before us today. There are several problems with this response, the first being that in many examples the organisms in question are of the lowest order: bacteria for example. Here a mutation, if it is beneficial, can result in the development of immunities and so on in a population. But this is only tenable because these organisms are so simple and their lifespan so short. Furthermore, the ‘adaptation’ is never quite permanent. For example if a certain microorganisms are normally killed by an antibiotic and some mutation renders them immune, this new strain proves itself more suited to survival only in that one respect but at the same time its mutation makes it a degenerate specimen under normal conditions. Thus, when normal conditions are restored (the antibiotic removed), we find that the ‘normal’ strain quickly replaces the degenerate one and takes back over.

What we’ve just said above proves the case in most mutations or extreme examples: giantism or dwarfism, or albinism. In all of these cases the individual is an anomaly and not a new species. And as with the cases just mentioned, we have yet to be presented with a mutation that is ‘beneficial’ without qualification.

Regarding the impossibility of mutation or a string of mutations leading to the establishment of a new species, we can quote the hermeticist Richard the Englishman:

Nothing can be produced from a thing that is not contained in it; for this reason, every species, every genus, and every natural order develops within the limits proper to it and bears fruits according to its own kind and not according to an essentially different order; everything that receives a seed must be of the same seed.[1]

The evolutionist hypothesis supplants not so much the ‘miracle’ of creation is it does the entire supra-sensory order, since cosmological principles are of precisely that order, and insofar as the Biblical narrative outlines them it is by way of symbol.

[1] Quoted in The Golden Treatise, Museum Hermeticum (Frankfurt, 1678).

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