Intelligent Design (ID) is a concept proposed by some who are unable to accept evolution. They assume that (1) life, with its nearly infinite variety, is far too complicated to be the result of a series of chance events; (2) that only an intelligent being could have created life and (3) that, since evolution does not answer every question about the genesis and progression of life, a totally different scenario should be considered. Although they imagine that the time between the origin of the universe and the present is only several thousand years, so far they have not proposed that we dump the other findings of physics and cosmology just because these disciplines have not answered every question about the universe.
In fact, life is even more complex than it appears to be. In addition to the innumerable obvious differences among life forms, there is a seeming infinity of tiny but crucial characteristics, so obscure that many of them have only recently been discovered. [For example: the epigenome, thousands of chemical tags distributed along the DNA strands that react to signals external to the cell and turn individual genes on or off.] However, there is a gradual but simple process that would automatically result in a system having all of life’s variety and complexity. That process is 3,500,000,000 years of accumulating adaptations (i.e. those “chance events” which were not harmful) to varied and changing environments, along ever more numerous diverging lines, each adaptation a potential origin for another line (species) or, for simpler organisms in the distant past, a potential origin of a more inclusive group, such as genius, family, etc.
A system composed of interacting parts, each of which is essential for the system’s functioning, is said to be irreducibly complex. Without any of these essential parts, the system is useless. ID advocates claim that, since most organisms contain many such systems, these organisms/systems cannot have come into being [evolved] piecemeal. However, the fact that such systems cannot function without all of their necessary parts is no reason to believe that those parts did not develop concurrently from simpler parts of simpler systems. This happens in animals and plants as they mature from fertilized eggs or seeds into mature individuals; it also happens as species develop. Supporting evidence (ignored by ID advocates) is obvious and plentiful.
ID (actually ersatz Creationism) is nothing but willful ignorance and defective reasoning in support of childish fantasy. It is based on those three (above) assumptions and on the tsunami of delusional evidence and junk science (such as irreducible complexity) produced to back it up.
All of the observed evidence supports evolution. Evolution is not only a principle of biology, it is absolutely the fundamental purpose of life, which is to survive by adapting to different and inconstant environments, i.e. by evolving.
ID proponents point to the “order of the universe” as evidence for a creator. Order? Black holes; exploding stars; dead and dying stars; cosmic rays; colliding meteors, comets, planets and galaxies; dark matter; dark energy; the paradoxes of quantum mechanics! Most of gravity‘s effects are orderly but, except for these, there is no more order in the universe than there is in a house fire.
They also argue that the earth is so perfectly attuned to our needs that it must have been created with humans in mind. Perfectly attuned? Myriad horrible diseases (infectious as well as DNA errors like cancers, autoimmune and hereditary); plagues and pestilence; parasites and mosquitoes; lethal poverty; famines; “acts of God” such as hurricanes, tornados, droughts, floods, earthquakes, landslides! For a large percentage of humanity life is "a cesspool of misery and suffering."
Another of the obscure characteristics of life mentioned above is found in chromosomes, those incredibly long, slender molecules that carry the DNA instructions for replication of all living things. Excepting the simplest organisms, for most of their length (over 97% in primates) these molecules contain no instructions at all. Much of this non-coding DNA has packing or regulatory functions. Between genes there are large sections of repetitive sequences (small sequences of nucleotides repeated thousands of times) that may have no purpose and, within genes, there are smaller unused sections called introns that are probably obsolete code.
More than 99 percent of the species that have inhabited Earth could not adapt, that is evolve, and are extinct. Furthermore, the paleontological record is replete with evidence that every existing species has been modified over time. Many of them contain, in their skeletons or their DNA, vestiges of structures that were needed by their ancestors but are useless in the current version. For example: the human appendix, the shark-like gill slits and the tail that appear in the early stages of the human embryo, legs and pelvic girdle in whales, fossil snakes with leg and hip bones have been found, pythons and boas also have vestigial thigh bones. A complete list would be very long.
Is this design? Where is the intelligence?
Reality is that which,
when you don't believe it,
doesn't go away.
-- Peter Viereck & Philip Dick
When only one source is accepted
and everything else ignored,
the magnitude of the stupidity
is proportional to the depth of study.
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I watch it for entertainment but thoses brainiacs have gone off on the deep end.
Never saw so many conjectures void of the scientific method.
Shown by whom? Newtginrich? Michelle Bachman?
I've noticed all along that those who most stridently tout Intelligent Design, which is not of recent invention, seldom, if ever, exhibit much intelligence on their own part. Endlessly and loudly promoting something, anything, does not equal objectively supportable evidence therefor. The Kitzmiller v. Dover ID trial proceedings amply demonstrated that fact, as well as definitively closing the door on the ID bovine fecal matter being present in American schools.
I've found that most of the so-called proofs offered by creationists to be flawed as they ignore the massively parallel nature of evolution
How about switching from passive voice in which nobody does anything and things just happen to active voice where you tell us who it was who showed us "that even with 3.5 billion years of evolution the fine tuning necessary to create the harmonious biosphere let along the species it it would be intractable"?
I'd like to know: Did they take into account the billions of galaxies and trillions of stars in the universe as well as the vast amounts of time? Given those considerations, lots of things can happen which would otherwise be unlikely.
And welcome back, Michael, to argue once again that the universe was created by some guy with magical powers.
No scientific powers. Quoting the great Kreskin not esp but pse , powers scientifically explainable. By the way one of the greatest physicist of our time says every thing is a hologram!, snazy stuff, all for science baby. And the multiverse is funkadelic!
Oh, so he has a laboratory and access to tools and raw materials? Where did they come from? Or are we back to talking about an epic magician and sorcerer again?
Well current theories speak of a preexisting universe. However with multiverse thought you don't even need that, you can have different universes appearing at different times. Thus we can be speaking of an eternity for a higher realm of beings to have a window to orignate. And as I said on other posts the Higgs Boson is the only thing tettering us to sublight travel. Without inertia due to mass impossible manuevering seen in UFO footage become possible.
Thus we can be speaking of an eternity for a higher realm of beings to have a window to orignate. And as I said on other posts the Higgs Boson is the only thing tettering us to sublight travel. Without inertia due to mass impossible manuevering seen in UFO footage become possible.
Okay, so now we're back in Ancient Aliens territory.
As with the so-called "Moral Majority" dreamed up by the likes of Jerry Falwell, it was neither moral nor a majority. Accordingly, Intelligent Design is also neither and in the case of the bible-pounders, they wouldn't know intelligence if it smacked them in their scripture-spouting pie hole.
My view only, not meant to be offensive. Please don't read if your easily offended:
With in built flaws and a tendency towards suffering in nature, i view the idea of an intelligent designer almost offensive. If the world, nature and everything was created by something supernatural, that being is ether psychopathic or a blundering idiot.