I first encountered the extra-ordinary phenomenon of the flattid bug society of Kenya in my teenage, when I borrowed Robert Audrey’s African Genesis from my father’s library. So powerful was the impression that Audrey’s description of this insect society make on me that the faith I had only recently acquired in Darwinism tottered ant crashed. I had been converted to Darwinism by abridged and simplified versions of Origin of Species and The Descent of Man I had read.
The flattid bug exists as colony of insects which form a coral-colored flower much like a hyacinth, a blossom which does not exist in nature. The imitation of a blossom is so perfect that insect eating birds and other predators are deceived by it. If you touch the twig of what looks like a real flower, it dissolves into a swarm of tiny insects, but within minutes the insects will resettle on the twig to a perfect reproduction of the blossom. The individual insects have wings which come in a variety of colors which grade from green, pink to coral. The overall arrangement of individual insects is such that you have a colorful flower with a green bud composed of a single insect. The insects, when disturbed, recreate the blossom in movements which appear random. But the movements are not random. Each individual insect finds its place in the colony of artificial flower according to the color of its wings.
Robert Audrey, in his book, speaks of having felt a chilling sensation at the incredible and extra-ordinary achievement of evolution, yet his faith in Darwinism survived what seemed, and still seems, to me a crushingly devastating negative feedback blow of reality.
The array of powerfully compelling evidence, in nature, on the crudeness and inadequacy of the standard rendition of the bio-mechanistic means of evolution, in the Neo-Darwinian Synthesis, would seem to confirm the view of many cynics that Darwinism is akin to a religious faith. which defies any magnitude of challenging evidence in the struggle for its survival.
I have always found it necessary to make a fine distinction that evolutionary biologists often neglect to make to laymen: Evolution is not the same as the Evolutionary Theory. Evolution is the observed fact that life has changed over the geological ages from relatively simple forms to more complex forms. The Paleontological evidence is abundant and speaks for itself. No one need deny it. When specialists say that Evolution is a fact, their primary reference is to the fact that life has changed over the eons of geological history. The Theory of Evolution, on the other hand, is the body of scientific theories which seeks to answer the question: How did evolution happen? That is, what are the bio-mechanistic means of evolution? It is one thing to assert that evolution must have occurred, it is another to explain how it did. The bone of contention is with the Theory of Evolution and not with the fact that it happened.
There are many biological scientists who are not satisfied with the current theories of evolution. I happen to be one of them. The concept of evolution by random mutations, I believe, will give way sooner or later to more sophisticated explanations of DNA function based on recent developments in Information Technology.