Posted: Nov 25, 2019 6:55 am
by AlanF
I'm arguing about evolution with a typically stubborn Jehovah's Witness. She made the argument below, which of course shows she doesn't really know what she's talking about. But other readers on the forum seem to think she's some kind of authority. I want to request help to debunk this from people who know a lot more than I do about this giraffe/nerve business. I know from debating about this with other creationists that it's a favorite slippery topic with them.

I can give you another example with Mr Dawkins. He made a big do about analysing and cutting out the nerve of a giraffe on TV and demonstrating how unneccesary it was for the nerve to curve around the heart - he said it was bad "design"..... a left over from evolution.

As an African I immediately spotted his lack of understanding of animals and lack of thinking things through. Giraffes have exceptionally long necks and need the heart to get feedback of the pressure to get the blood to the head..... the design is perfect...... there are other reasons as our bodies "everything" is connected ...... which is one of the several complexities which point to design.

If I were to argue against these claims, I would basically say that the recurrent laryngeal nerve is just a part of the entire vagus nerve, and only innervates the larynx, whereas the rest of the vagus nerve does into the thorax and innervates the heart and many other organs. Thus the two functions are independent, and there is no reason that the laryngeal nerve could not be made to go directly to the larynx by an all-wise Creator God.

What do y'all think?