Today’s Google Doodle honors the Antikythera mechanism discovered in 1901 from the Antikythera shipwreck.
This remarkable object has been the subject of intense study for more than a century, with various theories about its precise origin and construction still being put forward. Debates have played out about when it was constructed, by whom it was constructed, and the purpose of its construction.
Yet no-one has questioned whether it was designed.
It was clear from the characteristics of the object itself that it was designed.
It was clear that it was designed before subsequent questions were asked or (tentatively) answered about who designed it, when it was designed, how it was designed, where the designers came from, what their purpose was, whether there were more than one designer, and on and on. Indeed, if researchers had not first determined it were designed, those subsequent questions would never even have been asked.
Furthermore, and significantly, it was well known by scientists at the time it was discovered that the ancients had no ability to construct such a mechanism. At least that is what was thought. Some investigators even argued that it “was too complex to have been constructed during the same period as the other pieces that had been discovered.” In other words, we did not know that there was even a designer around at the time with the ability to construct such a mechanism. However, after the new discovery of the Antikythera mechanism and the eventual acceptance of its early date, we now have a new piece of information about the designer. Now we know that there was a designer at the time capable of producing the artifact in question. This is the direction in which the arrow of discovery and inference runs. Not the other way around.
The Antikythera mechanism is a wonderful example of how the design inference works in practice in the real world. And it gives the lie to so many of the anti-ID talking points against the design inference, showing that the objectors are more often motivated not by an objective search for truth but by philosophical or religious attempts to prop up a dying materialistic narrative.