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Ever get the feeling Someone is saying . . .

"Been there. Done that!"

Does the evidence show that much of our knowledge and technology was inspired first by God?

This is not to suggest that mankind has not created things with no direct parallel in nature, but to consider which the evidence supports:  That intelligence preceded the universe or that the universe preceded intelligence?

Our Invention


His Creation?

Camera (lens, focus, iris, film) Eye (cornea curves to focus, iris, retina)
Microphone Ear drum
Amphitheatre shape Outer ear shape
Pump Heart
Valves Heart valves
Plumbing and hydraulic systems Circulatory system
Communication / telephone cables  Spinal cord / nervous system
Ball joint Shoulder joint
Windshield wiper Eye lid
Wiper fluid Tears
Knife Incisor teeth
Mortar and pestle Molar teeth
Woodwinds Voice box
Computer / Electronic circuitry Brain
Computer program DNA
Bubble level Inner ear tubes for balance
Construction crane (jointed arm, scoop) Arm and hand
Honeycomb reinforcements Bee's honeycomb
Solar panel (energy from light) Leaf
Fish hook (reverse barb design) Bee stinger
Light stick (light from chemical reactions) Firefly, glowworm, deep sea creatures
Airplanes (airfoil wings, hollow struts, tail) Birds (airfoil wings, hollow bones, tail)
Submarine ballast Fish (ballast bladder)
Sonar Bats, dolphins
Paper from wood pulp Wasp hives
Velcro Thistle burrs (actually inspired Velcro)
Blu-blocker sunglasses Orange oil in eagle eyes to improve acuity
Suction cups Octopus
Inboard propulsion (boats) Squid
Batteries (electricity from chemicals) Eel
Navigation by stars / magnetic fields Bird and butterfly migration
Music Song birds
Anesthetics Venoms and poisons
Swim fins, paddles Webbed feet (frogs, ducks)
Water cooled systems Sweat glands and perspiration
Core aeration for health of lawns Worms, insects and moles

And here are some submitted by you, the readers, with the Editor's Choices highlighted in blue:
Hypodermic syringe Snake fangs, also mechanism used by viruses to inject into cells
Antibiotic medicines Immune system
Hydraulic shock absorbers Knee joints
Dust filter Nostril hairs
VCR, magnetic storage media Memory, recording/viewing images
Gyroscope, top Planetary rotation
Magnets Lodestone
Internet Brain, also Society
Mirror Reflection on water
Wheel Animals that curl and roll (armadillo)
(of many varieties and qualities)
Carbon-based life forms
(of bone, cartilage, tissues, transparent lenses, wood, feathers, etc., and all bio-degradable!)
Gasoline (expensive, dirty) Methane (free, clean)
Barb wire fences Briar bushes, thorns
Bridge supports and weight distribution Elephant / Dinosaur skeletal framework
Robots Humans
Nuclear energy or bomb (fusion) / Lamp Sun
Electric and propulsion motors Mechanical components of flagellum of bacteria & protozoan
Theme Parks Nature / State Parks
Helicopter Bumblebee / Hummingbird / Maple seed pods
Camouflage clothing Camouflage skin and fur, chameleons
Armor Exoskeletons
Movies, cast, film crew, director Life, people, angels, subconscious
Night lights / street lights The stars and the moon
Baby formula Breast milk
Water filtration techniques Same filtering techniques as found in nature and swamps and rivers - charcoal, silt
Fishing Angler fish
Sponge (synthetic) Sponge
Satellite Moon
Cloning experiments Reproductive systems, asexual reproduction
Pulleys, fulcrums, and levers Foot joints and ligaments
Smoke detectors Noses
Cup Cupped hands
Greenhouse Earth
Clock Solar system
Fishing net Spider's web
Magnifying glass Droplet of water
Water filter Kidneys
Irrigation canals Roots in plants
Fires set to aid heath in agriculture Naturally occurring forest fires
Protective environmental suit Egg shell
Key and lock Enzyme and related substrate
Suspension bridge Spider web
Shock absorbing helmet Woodpecker skull
Fix-a-flat for punctures in tires Coagulants found in the blood
Smoke screen as a defense Octopus ink
Fuel & air for mechanical engines Food & air for biological engines
Chemical warfare The Bombardier Beetle
Snowshoes Penguin's feet
Frames of Buildings Skeleton of living organisms
Weaving in a basket Weaving in a bird's nest
Medicine Herbs
The inventions of Da Vinci Leonardo Da Vinci
Religions with rules about God A relationship of love with God
Evolution of civilization and technology Evolution of the universe and life
Beaver dams Water dams
Dreams Movies
Circular appearance of sun and moon Wheel
Pliers, tongs Lobster/crab claws
Fur coats Fur coats
Hang gliders Butterflies
Vitamin pills Fruits and vegetables
We invent nothing We simply discover
Interlocking teeth of a zipper Linkages between barbs in feathers
Radiator, heat exchange system Elephant's ears, blood vessels in a whale's tail

Note:  I've allowed some creative license in the examples submitted above, but the main idea is to identify examples of technology and intelligence in design found in nature.

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One thing I have learned in a long life—that all our science,
measured against reality, is primitive and childlike.  

Examples of design and technology in life are abundant, but what about all the failed adaptations that life must have generated to get this far...

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