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The People Who Deliberately Forget
2 Peter 3:3-6
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers...
Uniformitarianism is a big word to describe the prevailing scientific philosophy of the world. It is the idea that everything in nature has proceeded in a regular and smooth fashion since the start...

Coming: A Robot Dancing Bee

Zechariah 7:9-11
“Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Execute true judgement, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother: And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart. But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.”

Most listeners to Creation Moments know that honey bees communicate with each other through a complex dance. These dances are used by bee scouts who communicate the location, direction and distance of a new food source to other bees. Researchers have now learned that there is more to this communication than simply dance.

Figure-8-shaped waggle dance of the honey beeScientists have discovered that bees can also hear the buzzing sounds that accompany the dance. More than that, scientists have been able to mimic those buzzing sounds, but they have not yet been able to reproduce the language that bees use. In order to further study bee communication, researchers in Denmark plan to construct a tiny robot dancing bee which can be used to recruit real honeybees to food sources – if they can learn the bees’ language.

In a previous Creation Moments program we spoke about the recent discovery of an ancient bee encased in amber. Scientists said that even though the bee dated back to the beginning of flowering plants, it was just like modern bees. The Lord’s message through all these lines of evidence – sophisticated bee society with complex communication and the evidence that it has existed since there were bees – is clear. If a robot dancing bee must be manufactured by intelligence, then the real dancing bees must also have been made by an intelligent Creator.

Heavenly Father, it is sometimes perplexing to see how deaf the world is to what You have to say so clearly. Yet, I confess that I, too, don’t always hear Your voice when I should. Help me to hear You more clearly and to lead others to hear Your call to them. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
“Honey Bees Listen to the Dance.” Science News, vol. 135, p. 318. Photo: Figure-8-shaped waggle dance of the honey bee. Courtesy of Chittka L. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic license.