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Jewish World Review Sept. 22, 2005 / 18 Elul, 5765

Aircraft design

By Jay D. Homnick


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Thank G-d for the men and women of the Coast Guard. And thank G-d for their helicopters.

No, let's not get into disaster theology, a complex field. Sure there's a tough balancing act involved in calling the cataclysmic event — hurricane, earthquake, tornado, flood, pick your poison — an act-of-G-d and then thanking Him for saving the survivors. 'Sparing' the survivors seems a more understandable phraseology; a sovereign can order death warrants and then commute a few. But can you save someone from yourself? This is a paradox that finds a home somewhere on the bridge between theology and poetry. Best to give the last word to the great medieval Jewish poet, Judah Halevi (c. 1085-1140), who wrote: "I shall flee from You. to You."

What does draw our attention today is the matter of the helicopters. Since I was a very young boy, I have heard that joke countless times; you know, the one about the man standing on his roof with the floodwaters rising. He is praying for deliverance. Then a boat pulls up and offers him a ride to safety. He refuses, saying that he is waiting for G-d to save him. A helicopter flies overhead and lowers a basket, but he insists on waiting for G-d's rescue. Later, after he drowns and goes to Heaven, he demands to know why he was not answered. "I answered you twice," G-d replies. "Once with a boat and once with a helicopter."

This is basic to any believer. No one expects to be answered with an open miracle. People and objects within Nature are mobilized as agents of fate. But the believer knows that it could just as easily have worked out that those people or objects did not arrive in time. He recognizes a divine mover behind natural circumstances and occurrences. Those helicopters did not even exist a hundred years ago; they, like modern medicine, are part of a redefined reality that keeps human life so much more secure within the world.

All this is true. But there is a kernel of truth to be mined here from a much deeper place. The fact is that not only are helicopters of rescue, and cars, and planes, and telephones, and computers, and X-rays, and lasers, compatible with the notion of prayer and a Divine involvement with day-to-day life, they actually represent one of the most powerful proofs for Intelligent Design. Evolutionists are desperately hoping that we won't notice this gigantic flaw in their worldview.

The way that evolution gives "the impression of design without being designed", the scientists explain, is by allowing to survive only those things that have the tools for survival. Thus, the needs of survival force the less facile and the less utile into the refuse pile. It's not that there was a design for the best to emerge, it's that the crummy, slapdash, catch-as-catch-can quasi-system of chaotic randomness left all the misfits in the morgue. Every schmo who evolved without nose hair or ear curlicues or fingernail cuticles was cruelly eliminated by the harsh rigors of the unforgiving crucible called Earth.

The fallacy here is that this explains only why things retain those qualities that are immediate advantages. If birds-of-Paradise are best served in their daily grind by looking like a swan in profile wearing an Indian brave's headdress, that explains why they continue to exist. Yet if it was suddenly discovered that this flower can be plugged into a wall socket and used as a pacemaker to undo cardiac arrest, evolution could not possibly explain why that should be the case.

So why don't folks realize that the helicopter, along with every application of the combustion engine or electronic technologies, is no less a refutation of the idea of random evolution? There was no reason for those organisms whose remains provide the fuel to power modern engines to evolve in such a way that their fossils should have that property. Those old pterodactyls or velociraptors did not shave a tenth of a second off their time in the hundred-yard dash by having the sort of bones that could power aircraft years later.

The fact that yesterday's dinosaurs become today's helicopters is a staggeringly brilliant design component that cannot be explained by evolution. Darwin's diehards are reduced to the absolutely preposterous position that the fact that this residual material is perfectly suited to activate the entire modern structure of human habitation of the Earth is the product of absolutely unaccountable coincidence.

Read it and weep, fellas. And as the tears run down your green eyeshades onto your pocket protectors, remember this: Thank G-d for the men and women of the Coast Guard. And thank G-d (and His loyal servant, Barney) for their helicopters.

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