In time to come we will post more details, but for now it’s important to note that Illustra Media has released a new video, on DVD, entitled: Darwin’s Dilemma. This video follows on the heals of Dr. Meyer’s book, Signature in the Cell, with a more animated look at making many of the points described in the book–but with one major difference. This time the video adds in fossil evidence from the Cambrian explosion to make additional astounding points.
Both Meyer’s book and the video focus–ultimately in the overall importance of these works–on biological information. In the DNA we see a code that represents a complex set of information sources for making the proteins required for life. Darwin’s real dilemma was that the animals of the Cambrian era just appeared … really, just like that … in a “blink of time” to put it metaphorically. Darwin’s concept of evolution is a gradual series of changes over time leading to species making up separate phyla. But the evidence is the opposite, with phyla, a set of characteristics typical of a group, showing up first and finer differences, as multiple species, showing up over time.
Darwin knew the fossil record showed something troubling, simply because he had enough evidence to see the sudden appearance of the Cambrian life forms showing in the fossil record with no ancestral species developing before these multiple phyla just pop into view. The big distinctions of each phylum show up separately and independently of the others. There are no links between them! The fossil evidence before the Cambrian animals is there, it’s more like simpler sponges and nothing leading up to the animals that burst into view.
Darwin’s Dilemma reveals that the mass appearance of life also means a mass appearance of sophsticated information also arouse rapidly. And the standard explanations that Darwin put forth are beginning to show true failure. To really grasp why … we recommend a viewing of the DVD. The graphical images that bring the Cambrian era alive are great, but the illustrations help make finer points to reveal exactly why Darwin’s real dilemma to him in his day now opens a door to a solution and an explanation that derves serious consideration. And all this is based on the scientific evidence we have–right now!