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In The News: The Steady Gaze of Flies

ImageScientists at Imperial College in London have flies on their minds. “Anyone who has watched one fly chasing another at incredibly high speed, without crashing or bumping into anything, can appreciate the high-end flight performance of these animals,” Dr. Holger Krapp of the Department of Bioengineering said in an Imperial College news release…

…Both the neurons that gather visual data from the eyes and the neurons triggering neck muscles to contract are “tuned” or predisposed to selecting and processing the same kind of information. The study is an important step in understanding how nerves communicate information. Similar technology could be used to develop flying robots that can independently stay steady without crashing.

A theoretical proto-fly that had not yet evolved this neuronal coordination would have been easy prey. The presence of such a marvel of engineering in the natural realm elicits consideration of the possibility that it was engineered by a Creator, as well as awe at the engineering savvy of that Creator.

Brian Thomas
Institute for Creation Research (


Two things to note from this short piece on the visual capabilities of the fly. First, the fly’s abilities are so advanced that engineers are studying it for the purpose of copying the design.

While evolutionists marvel at the “design” of the fly, they deny that it has a designer! And this is only one of literally millions of examples that could be referenced.

You will notice the final argument made in the column. Evolution postulates that such coordination between flight and vision took place by chance over a long period of time. This leaves the “proto-fly” who lacks the attributes vulnerable. It is much more reasonable to assume a designer created the fly with such abilities intact.

Second, the two theories of origins, (creation VS evolution), use the same data. Facts are facts. The fly has these amazing abilities. The question is, how did he get them? The evolutionist postulates long periods of time and gradual, chance mutations. The creationist contends that the design came from an intelligent designer, God.

While both theories explain how the fly came to fly so well, they are not equally reasonable. It takes a strong presupposition that God does not exist to accept the idea that blind chance could bring about such an elegant design. It is much simpler and more reasonable to assume a divine and supreme intelligence is its author. “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard” (Psalm 19:1-3).