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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Addictive & educational

Looking for something to do? Hoping to hone your knowledge of natural selection? Then boy, do I have an activity for you! Allow me to present, Aphids Must Die!, a game produced by BEACON that I think just might be able to teach the fundamentals of evolution to a creationist.

The idea is simple- guide your ladybug around the map trying to eat as many aphids as you can. Aphids that survive reproduce and pass their traits onto their offspring. And, in accelerated time, you can see how the population traits of the aphids change. Pay particular attention to the speed counter- you'll be amazed at what happens.

Now, if only someone could produce a simple flash game that explains why bananas aren't the atheist's worst nightmare, we'd be all set!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because my ladybug was intelligent he selectively ate only fast aphids. He eventually got their average speed down to 1.1, and by selectively eating aphids from all but one area slowly got them all into one tiny swirling mass. (Which by the way is why this flash game also addresses the banana thing, by selecting smartly my ladybug made himself the easiest aphids to eat.)

Then because he got bored, he committed ladybug suicide by eating the tinny mass all at once, leaving no aphids left to eat in the future. Maybe he wasn't so intelligent after all.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 4:37:00 PM  

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