Biological adaptation relies on the preexistence of populations, organisms, genetics, DNA, genes, alleles, proteins, massive molecular machines, inheritance, cellular and molecular mechanisms such as horizontal gene transfer and epigenetics, directed mutations, and so forth.
Evolution, on the other hand, is a theory that attempts to explain the origin of all those things.
Observations of the former are not evidence of the latter. That is backwards. It also would also introduce enormous serendipity. For it would mean that evolution created the very structures and mechanisms required for, drumroll, evolution.
Evolution, in other words, created itself.
And even if we were to go along with this ridiculous idea, the resulting biological adaptation is not capable of generating evolutionary change. Adaptation does small things, evolution requires big things.
Even evolutionists, in their honest moments, have understood this. Macroevolution is more than repeated rounds of microevolution. As one evolutionist admitted, “the rate of random DNA sequence mutation turns out to be too slow to explain many of the changes observed.” His point, which is not new and has been known for a long time, is not that adaptation cannot occur, but that the idea of mutations (which can fuel adaptation) adding up to result in novel, large-scale evolutionary change doesn’t work.
Adaptation and evolution are fundamentally different “technologies.”
You can’t travel faster than the speed of light by combining liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, and you can’t create novel, complex, biological structures via adaptation mechanisms.
This is why evolutionary biologist Menno Schilthuizen’s article from last year in the Sunday Review is of concern. The article is entitled: “Evolution Is Happening Faster Than We Thought,” and it is all about various adaptations observed in city-dwelling species. Unfortunately, Schilthuizen presents those examples of adaptation as examples of evolution, and proof that, amazingly enough, evolution happens orders of magnitude faster than we once thought:
For a long time, biologists thought evolution was a very, very slow process, too tardy to be observed in a human lifetime. But recently, we have come to understand that evolution can happen very quickly
Evolution’s deep time requirement was particularly evident when William Thomson (later Lord Kelvin), only a few years after Darwin had published his book on evolution, argued that the earth could be no older than 100 million years. Thomson later revised that figure downward to as little as 20-40 million years.
This short time window was an enormous problem for evolution. As Darwin wrote, “Thomson’s views of the recent age of the world, have been for some time one of my sorest troubles.” As Darwin’s friend Thomas Huxley explained, “Biology takes its time from Geology.”
Lord Kelvin’s estimate was eventually dropped, but this example illustrates how important deep time was, both to nineteenth and twentieth century evolutionists. And therefore, the rapid evolution that is now commonly celebrated by evolutionists such as Schilthuizen represents an enormous falsification of a major, fundamental, prediction of evolutionary theory.
It also represents terribly flawed thinking. Adaptation is not evolution.