The Omega watch company’s co-axial chronometer is billed as the most precise mechanical device in the world. In their video ad featured here, the images associate the intricate design of the cosmos with the design of the watch…a classic teleological argument. The implication seems to be that the intricate, superb design of the watch is equal to that of the Cosmos itself. But if you’re a philosophical naturalist, as nearly every ID critic is, then you accept that the watch requires an intelligent design, the forces of matter and energy interacting over eons of time through chance and/or necessity not being adequate to explain a watch. However, that same ID critic accepts that the Cosmos, and everything in it, which is far more intricate in its design, is, in fact, the end result of the blind, purposeless forces of matter and energy interacting over eons of time through chance and/or necessity. So why does the one require a designer and the other does not…scientifically speaking? Put another way, how do we know scientifically that the properties of the Cosmos are such that any apparent design we observe in natural systems can not be actual design, even in principle? Philosophical, metaphysical and/or theological speculations need not apply.
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