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Funny Shaped Rocks and the Design Inference

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Raising Arizona is one of my favorite movies.  It is chock-a-block with hilarious throw away lines like this one:

Which brings me to Costa Rica.  Apparently, there are several hundred round stones that archaeologists are certain were designed.  This is from the Wiki entry.

The stone spheres (or stone balls) of Costa Rica are an assortment of over three hundred petrospheres in Costa Rica, located on the Diquís Delta and on Isla del Caño. Locally, they are known as Las Bolas(literally The Balls). The spheres are commonly attributed to the extinct Diquís culture and are sometimes referred to as the Diquís Spheres. They are the best-known stone sculptures of the Isthmo-Colombian area. They are thought to have been placed in lines along the approach to the houses of chiefs, but their exact significance remains uncertain.

The Palmar Sur Archeological Excavations are a series of excavations of a site located in the southern portion of Costa Rica, known as the Diquís Delta. The excavations have centered on a site known as “Farm 6”, dating back to the Aguas Buenas Period (300–800AD) and Chiriquí Period (800–1550 AD).

It is amusing to watch some scientists insist on design inferences with respect to a relatively simple specification, while others refuse to countenance even the bare possibility of the same inference for a far more complex and intricate specification.

Round stone:  Yeah, that is surely designed.

Staggeringly elegant and complex semiotic code (i.e., DNA):  Nope, no way, no how.  Can’t possibly be designed.  Piece of cake for blind, unguided, directionless natural forces.

It makes you think that second group has issues, probably of a metaphysical variety.

5 Replies to “Funny Shaped Rocks and the Design Inference

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    Querius says:

    But non-coding DNA must be “junk.”

    There once was some research in Death Valley asserting that some of the stones with desert varnish on one side were shaped by humans and thus could be dated. It got hung up on the same design issue:

    How would you know for sure whether a rock was shaped by nature or by “nurture” (i.e. anthropogentic)?

    -Q

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    ppolish says:

    Round rocks found on Mars too:
    http://news.discovery.com/spac.....140924.htm

    Scientists are puzzled. Scratching heads. Theorizing. One thing for SURE – it is somehow a guided process. At the very very core, laws are required. Fine tuned laws of you are persnickety.

    But DNA? Unguided oops. Duh.

  3. 3
    0812681 says:

    @ moderator

    maybe you guys could make a post about this interview with a german scientist that adheres to ID.

    Top German Scientist Explains Why God Exists

    BARBARA DROSSEL, Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Darmstadt, Germany, talks with Nigel Bovey about God and the New Physics. She believes that God is the most likely explanation for the existence of the universe and its mysterious workings…

    https://www.darkmoon.me/2016/top-german-scientist-explains-why-god-exists/

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    jimmontg says:

    #30812681 Are you serious?
    I just read the article you quoted at the racist and full blown anti semitic Darkmoon web site. The article was fine, but the rest? Holy Cow! I couldn’t believe some of the articles I read and the titles of others I didn’t read.

    Why would you cite an article on a website that allows a Holocaust revisionist to advocate shooting and napalming illegal immigrants? Or call Jewish Rabbis “Talmudic Liars”? Where did this website originate, Tehran?

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    0812681 says:

    #4 jimmontg

    I agree with you. That’s crazy. I only read this article and I thought it was fine. I wasn’t aware of the other titles/articles you are referring to. Being a christian, I do abhor anti-semitsm, of course.

    So, it was out of ignorance that I cited to this kind of website. Please, excuse my ignorance.

    Anyway, thanks for the heads up on the blatant anti-semitism on that website 😉

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