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Today's Creation Moment

Nov
26
The Creator's Gift of Intelligence
Psalm 111:10
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever."
In many of our Creation Moments programs, we have shown that animal intelligence is not a result of evolution but God's gift to His creatures. While animals are limited to a much smaller area of...
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The Mind of a Bacteria

Psalm 119:130
"The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple."

Researchers are learning that bacteria have senses similar to our hearing and sight. Bacteria even have a brain that receives information from their senses. They can make decisions. However, all of this is not enough to explain how bacteria can make the decision to swim toward food.

When you want a candy bar, you know where to find one, even if you must go to the nearest store. Mind of bacteriaYou might also hope that your dentist doesn't see you buying candy. All of this involves memory, which has long been considered a basic part of the mind.

Researchers, using various solutions of substances that attract or repel bacteria, have now learned that bacteria do indeed have both long-term and short-term memories. They remember where goodies are to be found. Once a bacterium develops a strategy for dealing with the unknown, it will remember what to do next time.

This finding shocked researchers. They know that when you or I decide to retreat or advance, at least hundreds and probably thousands of brain cells are involved. The one-celled bacteria can make the same decision based on past memories. Are there really "simple" forms of life that serve as the living traces of evolutionary development? Scientists haven't found any yet. According to the Bible's account of creation, we don't expect them to find any simple forms of life from which we can be traced.

Prayer: 
Lord, You do things so well that we often mistake Your genius for simplicity. Give me a mind more like Yours, having both love and wisdom. Amen.
Notes: 
Pietsch, Paul. 1983. "The mind of a microbe." Science Digest, Oct. p. 103.