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Electric eales debunk evilution

distraff
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6/14/2016 4:24:58 AM
Posted: 5 months ago
These electric eels have the ability to jump out of water to attack land predators!!!! How can evolution possibly explain this? Wouldn't natural selection select against this because attacking predators is harmful?

Did an eel one day decide to just jump out of water one day to attack predators? How does evilution explain their electricuting abilities? Even one mistake in their electricuting will kill them. Impossible for evolution.

https://www.newscientist.com...
SecularGiraffe
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6/17/2016 11:13:45 PM
Posted: 5 months ago
Okay I'll play along,

What you're saying is an argument from incredulity. Your lack of understanding of the evolutionary process is what makes your claim sound so ridiculous. I'm not even sure how eels jumping out of water is even relevant.

"Did an eel one day decide to just jump out of water one day to attack predators?"

No.

"How does evilution[sic] explain their electricuting[sic] abilities?"

I'm not sure what you're asking.

"Even one mistake in their electricuting[sic] will kill them. Impossible for evolution."

Nowhere in your source does it say anything about them possibly killing themselves, in fact the source you gave even mentions how amazing it is that the eel developed this ability through evolution.

I'm assuming you're a lot younger than me (I hope) so I'll leave you with this video in hopes that you will watch it.

https://www.youtube.com...
RoyLatham
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6/19/2016 7:36:46 PM
Posted: 5 months ago
At 6/14/2016 4:24:58 AM, distraff wrote:
These electric eels have the ability to jump out of water to attack land predators!!!!

You make it sound like the eels are cruising shopping malls looking for predators to shock. What happens is that when an alligator (not really a land predator) sticks his head in the water, the eel shocks the part of the gator's head that's out of the water. We know the eel cannot leave the water entirely, because then there wouldn't be a ground path and no shock would be delivered at all. The interesting observed behavior is that the eel shocks the predator directly rather that delivering the shock to the water. That's only a small change in behavior, We suppose that some eels who struck out had a higher survival rate than those who didn't, with natural selection eventually favoring the pattern. A direct zap would certainly be more effective in scaring off a predator than one delivered though water,
Axonly
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6/23/2016 12:45:57 PM
Posted: 5 months ago
At 6/14/2016 4:26:11 AM, distraff wrote:
Begin the experiment:
http://www.debate.org...

Doesn't work as well when you state what you're doing xD
Meh!