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  • n. Plural form of ichneumon.


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  • The breeding place of certain of the ichneumons is the body of a caterpillar.

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  • ID theorist Jonathan Wells maintains that God didn’t design bad things such as ichneumons, just the good stuff.

    Intelligent Design vs. Creationism « Lean Left

  • Greek and Roman writers recorded a bizarre Egyptian belief that ichneumons a type of mongoose killed crocodiles by running down their throats and gnawing their way out through the bowels.

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  • The great entomologist William Kirby appealed to ichneumons as exemplars of providentially provided instinct.

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  • After Darwin, creationists continued to point to the adaptive behavior of ichneumons.17 “The very intricacy of the scheme used by this wasp demands that some superior Intelligence devised the entire thing,” said one creationist.18 Another declared that such wasps not only refute evolution but tell us “something about a Creator who obviously had a lot of architectural expertise along with a pretty ingenious imagination.”

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  • Why apparent cruelty, such as evidenced by the ichneumons?

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  • The brilliant amateur entomologist Jean-Henri Fabre, a contemporary of Darwin who never accepted evolution, described ichneumon behavior in exquisite detail.16 After Darwin, creationists continued to appeal to the amazing adaptations of parasitic ichneumons.

    Intelligent Design vs. Creationism « Lean Left

  • Before Darwin, proponents of “natural theology” unabashedly used examples such as the ichneumons as proofs of supernatural Design.

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  • Probably the Barotse and Bayeiye would not look upon it as a benefactor; they prefer to eat the eggs themselves, and be their own ichneumons.

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  • The cats when they are dead are carried away to sacred buildings in the city of Bubastis, where after being embalmed they are buried; but the dogs they bury each people in their own city in sacred tombs; and the ichneumons are buried just in the same way as the dogs.

    The History of Herodotus


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