The more we learn about Rafael Cruz, the more the existence of Ted Cruz begins to make sense. Rafael Cruz was born in 1939 in Matanzas, Cuba; at 14 years old he fought for Fidel Castro, though he later claimed he “didn’t know Castro was a Communist.” After Castro’s regime turned bad, Rafael disowned his former leader, left for Texas to become a mathematician, and later instilled a seething hatred of anything remotely Communist into Ted Cruz. One imagines Rafael Cruz as the inspiration for Tony Montana, had the former gone into the powdered drug trade instead of into the oil business as he did.
Now, using his “doctoral credentials” in Mathematics, Rafael Cruz (now a pastor) is ready to tell us why evolution is a tool of Communism, a tool use to suppress a belief in God, and why it can’t possibly be true.
According to Rafael Cruz:
“Evolution is based on jumping from one species to another through mutations. How many of you had biology in high school? Mutations normally go in reverse order, they go backwards, when something mutates it mutates into something worse than it was before. So if evolution moves from species to species by mutation, you’re going backwards, not forwards, it doesn’t make sense.”
Now, that might sound somewhat plausible at first glance, if you believe one possible theory of the mechanism of evolution. But this particular “logic” is about as sideways as it gets:
“It takes more faith to believe in evolution than to believe in the first two chapters of Genesis. Understand, it is a tool to destroy loyalty to God.”
And what is Rafael’s supporting evidence for this “logic?” It’s “trust me, I’m a doctor”…of MATHEMATICS. But still, a doctor is a doctor, and everything anyone with a doctorate says must be original and well thought out. Ask Rand Paul.
But perhaps the most laughable leap of logic here has to do with Rafael’s obviously unbiased refutation of the Marxist-approved theory of evolution. Now, we’re going to ignore the fact that the fact that mutation exists at all is practically proof of evolution. Let’s put that off to the side for the moment, and set the record straight on “mutation,” “adaptation” and “evolution.”
Theories of Evolution
There’s no consensus as to exactly how one organism evolves into another. That’s the first thing that Rafael is wrong about. Evolution INCORPORATES random mutation as a possible mechanism for change. It also INCORPORATES survival of the fittest, where unsuccessful mutations are killed off and eliminated from the gene pool. Those are two of the mechanisms.
And it is true that a completely random mutation as a result of scrambling of the DNA (resulting from exposure to radiation, for instance) CAN result in horribly deformed organisms that represent a “backward step,” as he describes it. But the simple fact is that evolution SEEMS directed by an “unseen hand” because it IS. The unseen hand of adaptation, possibly via epigenetic changes.
Epigenetics is a fairly new field of study, and not quite proven yet. Proponents of epigenetics (for which there is a good bit of testable evidence) claim that a person’s DNA, or more accurately, the expression of certain genes, can change according to experiences WITHIN YOUR OWN LIFETIME. Particularly in childhood. For instance, if your grandparents experienced periods of famine as children, you might have a higher risk for diabetes.
But, regardless of which mechanism tickles your fancy, all evidence points to the fact that organisms genetically adapt to the environment. If enough of those individual adaptations are successful, two organisms with the same adaptation mate and the change becomes relatively permanent. For that reason, the little mutations that we all have are part random, part directed by our success in life and part determined by our ability to pass that trait on. Yes, a single, random mutation (particularly one resulting from trauma to the DNA) may be “backward”…but the million little mutations we all have are what push us forward.
The Cruz family doesn’t seem as though it’s in any danger of that. It seems that conservatism, resistance to change according to the environment, is as genetic a trait as anything else. Fortunately for us, it’s also the one that most directly precedes extinction.
A Case Study in Mutation
Mutations don’t stop with history. Case in point: Neurfibroma Type 1, a mutation on the NF1 gene that occurs randomly in about 50% of those affected. This mutation is a manifold thing, causing to various degrees macrocephaly, or (a big head), seemingly random growth of myelin (the sheathing over your nerve cells, like the insulation over a wire) and chromosomal transposition (which leads to an inability to reproduce with members of the parent species). The extra myelination causes large (plexiform) tumors to grow over nerve cells. Often on the nerve cells under the skin, leading to large, benign “plexiform” tumors.
However, that extra myelenation generation and regeneration occurs elsewhere in the nervous system, often in the corpus callosum of the brain itself. Myelin in the corpus is what preserves electrical impulses, enhancing neuroconduction and intrahemispherical communication. More myelin also increases neuronal packing density. Most people have about 40% of unmyelenated nerve cells in the corpus, and more elsewhere in the brain.
Albert Einstein’s brain had a lot of neural connections between the hemispheres, and plenty of myelin insulation to match.
A statistically large portion of people with the NF mutation are autistic or have serious mental disorders; “leaking” electrical impulses “dull” the normal brain, taking the edge off of existence. The extra neuroconduction of the NF mutant’s brain often overwhelms it, creating what some refer to as “idiot savants.”
But, every once in a great while, that “random mutation” (which occurs about once in every 7,000 people) becomes an adaptation. In as few as 1% of the cases, maybe one in every 500,000 to 700,000, the ability to constantly generate and regenerate myelin becomes an asset, and the brain is able to tread that thin line between enhanced neuroconduction and insanity. Sometimes, the macrocephaly that accompanies it exists for a reason…to make room for a slightly different brain.
Sometimes, some of those 1 in 700,000 go on to become writers, and survive to pen an article on Rafael Cruz and “backward mutation.”
So, in short: Bite me, Rafael Cruz. If you’re what passes for a “normal human” these days, then, well..
h/t: Right Wing Watch