Intelligent Design

The Scandal of the Evolutionary Mind

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I once had a discussion with an evolutionist who, not surprisingly, claimed that evolution is fact. “Have you ever seen a sea lion try to move across a beach?” It is obviously not a good design, he argued, and so must have evolved. The sea lion’s “design is not intelligent, but rather is a product of evolution,” he concluded, for “design would attempt to produce something that works well, if it is intelligent design, and this does not work well and so is not intelligent design.”  Read more

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    “Have you ever seen a sea lion try to move across a beach?” It is obviously not a good design, he argued, and so must have evolved. The sea lion’s “design is not intelligent, but rather is a product of evolution,” he concluded, for “design would attempt to produce something that works well, if it is intelligent design, and this does not work well and so is not intelligent design.”

    It is a bit like comparing a Humvee crossing 3 feet of water and claiming it is not designed because it is slower. ID doesn’t claim that Sea lions are designed because they do great in water. They actually do quite well on the beach compared to say, how human beings do in water by comparison.

    As William Lane Craig puts it: “Designs exhibit different levels of optimality. There is no reason to infer an intelligent designer only for maximally optimal designs. If a biological system meets William Dembski’s criteria for being designed, that design inference is not nullified by the possibility of structures that could have been better designed.”

    There is also an element of creativity that we all know exists in intelligent agents by self-introspection and we have no problem seeing how a designer may create something optimally for a certain environment and not another.

    I mean we don’t look at nuclear submarines out of water and think for a minute that they’re not designed.

    It’s a bit pathetic that the chair of a Biology department is completely incapable of reasoning and scary and sad at the same time that young adults are being indoctrinated with similar logic skills.

    More on argument by Craig.

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