RSR: The Origin of Fingerprints

Neo-darwinism cannot create fingerprints* Can Darwinism Make Fingerprints? RSR co-hosts Fred Williams and Bob Enyart talk about the origin of fingerprints!

* Can Fingerprints Evolve? A fingerprint goes so far beyond and is completely irrelevant to any physical gripping benefit of providing ridges for tactile functionality. Instead, what the correct origins model needs to explain is the fingerprint information management and maintenance system. Taking into consideration the full range of the fingerprint system demonstrates that they could not evolve by the neo-Darwinist mechanisms of mutation and natural selection. Fingerprints in gorillas, chimpanzees, koala bears, and humans cannot evolve by any Darwinian process because no survival benefit in the wild could be conferred by any of the functional requirements in its complex multipart system. Having no theoretical survival value means that evolution is back to pre-Darwinian days before natural selection was considered as a possible way of answering the mathematical impossibility of evolution. Consider however that the following system requirements provide no survival value, thus the large commitment of resources to develop and transmit this system cannot be explained by evolution:

Electron microscope photo close-up of a fingerprint with rows of divits between the fingerprint ridges1. The system draws the design by an algorithm that develops and maintains the information for the pattern
2. The system ensures that the pattern will survive and even re-emerge through most injuries to fingers
3. The system will vary the design between billions of individuals
4. The system draws the prints not as raster images (in pixels), but with mathematically defined vectors
5. The system begins to implement the unique prints in early fetal development
6. The fingerprints will scale as tiny digits grow from infancy, through puberty and into adulthood
7. The system, unlike random static on a TV screen (or sand on sandpaper), varies the design in human-discernible patterns
8. The system will produce raised surfaces consisting primarily of continuous curved lines
9. The system will produce non-intersecting pathways that create clean patterns without crossed lines
10. The process of skin formation including the programmed death of billions of skin cells to constantly reform the epidermis will not alter the programmed pattern.

Understandably the Creator would put unique, lifelong fingerprints (and footprints) on human beings because of the importance of identification. And for His enjoyment and taking advantage of the human ability to identify such patterns He also put fingerprints on various animals. Find out more by listening to this show!

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- the recollections of favorite RSR programs.

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