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Metamorphosis is a biological process by which an animal physically develops after birth or hatching, involving a conspicuous and relatively abrupt change in the animal’s body structure through cell growth and differentiation.

The process of transforming a caterpillar into a butterfly is truly complex. The question is, can Darwinian Theory of evolution account for the origin of this process or is it yet another evidence for Intelligent Design? The process surely poses a big problem for Darwinists as Granville Sewell points out in his article Metamorphosis

The information needed to control this process, stored somewhere in the caterpillar’s cells, must be far greater than that stored in any man-made computer program. And explaining how this enormous program arose through many “5 or 6 character” improvements is even more challenging here, because now the intermediate stages are not just useless, they are fatal. Metamorphosis involves the destruction of the caterpillar: the butterfly, with an almost completely new body plan, is constructed from dissolved and recycled tissues and cells of the caterpillar. Now we are not talking about climbing Mount Improbable, we are talking about building a bridge across an enormous chasm, between caterpillar and butterfly. Until construction of this extremely long and complicated bridge is almost complete, it is a bridge to nowhere. Unless a butterfly (or another organism capable of reproduction) comes out at the end, the chrysalis only serves as a casket for the caterpillar, which cannot reproduce. Now we do not have to simply imagine uses for not-quite-watertight vacuum chamber traps, we have to imagine a selective advantage for committing suicide before you are able to reproduce, and that is a more difficult challenge.

Thus we see that the Darwinian mechanism is incapable of originating the process transforming a caterpillar into a butterfly. So then, how did this process arise in the first place? Is there a mechanism that is capable of producing the effect in question? The reply is intelligence as in the words of Granville Sewell it is the only force that can “look ahead to see a desired function and keep adding useless lines of computer code until the code can perform that function, and it will still be the only force that can guide the development–gradual or not so gradual–of new organs through their initial useless stages.”

As an Intelligent Being can foresee the butterfly as the final product, He can develop the code for metamorphosis. As we have pointed out in previous articles, that evolution by means of natural selection acting on random mutation is an actual scientific phenomenon, but it is incapable of explaining all complexity in life. There are certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection. Evidence shows that the process of transforming a caterpillar into a butterfly is one of them.


About Kashif Zuberi

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