Science and Technology
Seeing SHOULDN'T Always Be Believing!
by Sean Meek, Director of Project CREATION
Often when a story sounds plausible and is well documented, even those knowledgeable on a subject can be fooled into believing a lie. This is what happened with the famous peppered moth story. Used for decades by evolutionists as an example of evolution, it became accepted by Creationists as an example of adaptation thru natural selection, or simple gene mixing, in response to changes in the environment. It has now been revealed that the story is a fraud.
The story is that the proportion of peppered moths had changed over the years from mostly light to mostly dark and then back to mostly light in response to the increase and then decrease of the pollution on trees because of the Industrial Revolution and the subsequent pollution clean up in England. Pictures were published of light and dark moths on light and dark trees in order to show that the proportions of light and dark moths shifted over time to match the color of the trees they were supposed to be resting on during the day.
But it has now been revealed that the pictures of the light and dark moths were produced by gluing dead moths on to trees, because observation had found that the moths don't rest on trees during the day.
Pictures of birds eating moths were staged by taking laboratory-raised moths and feeding them to the birds. Moth traps attached to light colored trees succeeded in capturing four times as many dark moths as light moths, exactly the opposite of what had been predicted. University of Chicago evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne has stated that the peppered moth story, which was 'the prize horse in our stable', has to be thrown out. Ironically, the real reason for the shift in moth color from light to dark to light has not been found.
The whole incident though is also a cautionary tale for Creationists; even those stories from evolutionists that can be used to support Creation may be fakes. With the record of hoaxes and deceit from evolutionists, we must always be skeptical of any story from any evolutionist author.