Saturday, December 29, 2007

Slugs and Snails Have Brains Like Mammals

From Creation Moments

So complex is the human brain that even some of today's most visionary scientists have commented that they doubt science will ever fully understand how the brain works. To better understand the brain, scientists have been studying the brains of so-called simple creatures like the garden slug.

But how similar is the brain of a garden slug to the human brain? Researchers have been amazed at the unexpected similarities and abilities shared by both the garden slug and man. Researchers have found that garden slugs can be trained, using unpleasant flavorings, to avoid their favorite food, potatoes. Eventually the slugs will avoid potatoes that have not been made to taste bad. Slugs, and even garden snails, can learn a sequence of events.

How much more simple are the slugs' brains than ours? To their surprise, researchers discovered that the slugs' brains use some of the same chemical methods to learn and store information as do mammals. In other words, the slugs' brains don't use a simpler method to learn and remember than do a cat or a dog's. Mammal brains and slug brains are based on the same design.

This finding came as a surprise and erases evolutionary distinctions between simpler and supposedly more evolved creatures. It reveals the Creator's pattern. He used the same design when He equipped the slug's brain to learn as He used when He made a dog able to learn.

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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

hmmm most interesting

Anonymous said...

totally interesting. I will NEVER put salt on a slug again...I feel horrible about it now.

Anonymous said...

How I laughed. Creator? Anyone who believes in a creator clearly is about as intelligent as a slug.

Donna Watkins said...

Well, that's certainly true based on the research of slugs being so bright! I totally agree!

Aaron Blows said...

fake

Anonymous said...

Snails have ganglia, not brains. Elementary biology. 5th graders know this.

Donna Watkins said...

Well, I was a 5th grader and didn't know that. I'm sure the author of the article decided to keep it simple with the use of the term "brain" so us common folks could understand. :-)

Anonymous said...

Anyone who does not believe in the Creator is LESS intelligent than a slug.

Anonymous said...

I have a freshwater aquarium that is inhabited by a few livebearers and some catfish... But I also have a little apple snail crawling around in there. She is pretty intellegent, and has a favorite spot she likes to go to, she remembers where it is and how to get there...

Donna Watkins said...

Cool story! "All that I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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