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Nature's I.Q.

Balazs Hornyanszky, Istvan Tasi

Hardback, 160 pages, 2009

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Hungarian scientists Balazs Hornyanszky and Istvan Tasi offer a novel contribution to the intelligent design literature by extending Michael Behe's theory of irreducible complexity from biological form to biological behavior. Where did the mysterious instincts of animals originate? Nature's IQ. The authors document more than 100 astonishing, unexplained phenomena from the animal kingdom, with 200 amazing color pictures. The authors point out how Darwinian "just so" stories fail to explain these irreducibly complex instincts and behaviors. This book is a valuable addition to any library for its amazing photos of animal life and it's catalog of fascinating animal behavior regardless of whether you believe they were a product of random mutations and natural selection or a product of artful, purposeful design. Another unique aspect of the book is the final chapter on "The Source of Intelligence" where they state that "an intelligence much more refined than ours, conceived and shaped the functioning of the living world in advance". The existing world is therefore the realization of this original, organic blueprint. Although this is no different than other minimalist definitions of ID, the authors of the book write the final chapter from an Indian (Hindu) perspective which is also a unique contribution to the ID literature: "We have chosen the thesaurus of the wisdom of Indian culture as the supporting document for our assertions about a divine intelligence for several reasons." First, because of its geographic and cultural distance, scriptures of Vedic wisdom are perhaps less know to the Western audience; thus from the point of view of knowledge acquisition, their presentation is therefore useful. We have chosen this literature because these Sanskrit texts present in detail a supportable and logical alternative to the prevailing evolutionist view.

Authors:

Balazs Hornyanszky, M.S., bio-engineer, University of Technology, Budapest
Istvan Tasi, M.A., PhD student, cultural anthropologist, Eotvos Lorant University, Budapest

Table of Contents:

Introduction
As Darwin believed it
Counterarguments
The secret of the instincts
About the authors
Acknowledgements

Innovative Predators
Deceptive Hunters
If you're hungry--I'll eat you!
Animal cutlery
Knowledge ready-made

Defense, disguise, deception
Expressive colors and marks
"Keep your eyes open"
Bluff for survival
Lurkers
The last throw
Collective defense

Partnerships
Do the big fish eat the small fish?
Spared escorts
The date of the contract?
Casting
No rose without a thorn
Paid mercenaries
The moth and the anthill
The double parasite

The language of the animals
Scent messages
Impossible mission
Swimming power plants
Tone setters
Growling, croaking and grunting fish
Notes--or improvisation?
The visible message
Light signals
Body language
The language of dance
Born with a dictionary
Man is totally different

Fly-by-night wanderers or expert navigators?
Ant map
Salmon--back to the sender
Secrets under the water
A first-class mystery
The reliable postman
Wanderers of the sky
The bird of the brightness
Impossible journeys
Perfect strength management
Accessories of an expedition
Since when do birds migrate?
Points of controversy
Birds of a feather...

Couples and Mating
Whale song
Tuned to one scent
Captivating lights
The chase is better than the catch
Roe hills at the bottom of the lake
Show me your bower!
Mechanical architects
On the origin of sexual characteristics
Dance and presents
A delicate subject
Scorpion waltzer
The champions of timing
Reproductions

The new generation
Frog babies and frog midwives
Born in food
Nature's thermostat
Cuckoo eggs
The best guru is the kangaroo
A new generation of scientists

The source of intelligence
Inheritance and acquisition
The invisible center of behavior
The alternative of design
Answers from the past
The structure of living beings
Journey through the bodies
Evolution--from top to bottom
Some pending questions
A farewell to the reader


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