My dictionary defines a “bogart” as: “a person who hogs or monopolizes something; or a person who acts in a tough or aggressive way.”
In a recent exchange Upright Biped took down a bogart in his usual inimitable way. The last paragraph pointing out the position of many materialists is ultimately faith-based is a gem.
Finally: Scientists clearly admit that they don’t know how life originated, and will never know (unless they invent time travel). But they will narrow it down to a small number if good contenders. And intelligent design won’t be amongst them because that still leaves the question of how the intelligent designer originated. By definition, an intelligent designer must be alive. You can call it a spirit, a god, the Holy Ghost, whatever. It thinks, it plans, it is alive.
Design theory cannot identify the designer because a means to do so is not in the material evidence. Mankind’s inability to name the intelligence does not suddenly increase the capacity of inanimate to organize itself into a semiotic translation apparatus and fill a medium with functional form when translated. Yet, the living cell cannot be organized otherwise.
Design theory posits the only verifiable source for a semiotic system based on a finite set iterative representations arranged in a linear dimensional code. It can be falsified by a single example of such a system rising without intelligent guidance.
On the other hand, a theory that is ultimately defended by “We don’t know how it happened yet, but we know it wasn’t guided and we’ll prove it someday” is a theory that can never be falsified, and therefore must be taken on faith alone.