Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Excellent refutation of "intelligent design"

In a silly but serious column, Chicago Tribune writer Charlie Madigan presents a number of compelling points of evidence that argue against the half-baked theory of intelligent design.

"A perfect God setting out to make a whole universe could do a lot better, one would think," than to give humans have the useless (and occasionally dangerous) appendix, not to mention menstrual cramps and ill-timed erections in adolescent boys. "Then he said, 'Let there be bowel disorders!'"

The bizarro aspects of lower creatures, like the praying mantis's postcoital cannibalism and glow-in-the-dark lures dangling from butt-ugly deep-sea creatures, cast further doubt on intelligent design. "Why would he create so many unusual pieces, given the power to make it all perfect?"

3 comments:

Lisa said...

verrrry thought-provoking...personally, I'm a believer in a "god set it all in motion, but it has evolved" sorta thing.

The Un-Apologetic Atheist said...

Talk to an engineer about how "well designed" our double-recurve-at-the-back-of-the-torso spine happens to be. It's good for quadrupeds, but is a damned poor compromise for bipeds, which is why we have back pain so commonly.

So if you accept the ID concept, then your D is not all that I.

The Scarlet Pervygirl said...

I think deep-sea fish are astonishingly beautiful, myself.