Arguments from Incredulity – A Double Standard
|April 20, 2007||Posted by Dave S. under Biology, Evolution, Intelligent Design, Science|
I was reading The origin of the brain lies in a worm on the evolution of the central nervous system (CNS) and found a presumption in it based on nothing more than an Argument from Incredulity about the origin of complexity.
“Our findings were overwhelming,” says Alexandru Denes, who carried out the research in Arendt’s lab. “The molecular anatomy of the developing CNS turned out to be virtually the same in vertebrates and Platynereis. Corresponding regions give rise to neuron types with similar molecular fingerprints and these neurons also go on to form the same neural structures in annelid worm and vertebrate.”
“Such a complex arrangement could not have been invented twice throughout evolution, it must be the same system,” adds GÃƒÂ¡spÃƒÂ¡r JÃƒÂ©kely, a researcher from Arendt’s lab, who contributed essentially to the study. “It looks like Platynereis and vertebrates have inherited the organisation of their CNS from their remote common ancestors.”
So how is it that NDE proponents can use an argument from personal incredulity and get away with it while the same argument when employed by an ID proponent is dismissed as a logical fallacy? A double standard is how.