Sunday, May 6, 2007

Extreme Wedgie

Further to CMUs post about open-mindedness on ID.

Wouldn't it be fantastic if Intelligent Design turned out to be right and Darwinism wrong? I'd be great if someone presented convincing evidence for a supernatural or extra-terrestrial creator. How cool would that be? What would be the implications on metaphysics and philosophy? What is it made of, where did it come from, what designed it or how did it evolve, how does it apply its designs to living organisms, does it have free will? It'd be fascinating, and a huge advance in our understanding of the universe.

But I don't find the arguments for ID convincing. I've no personal objection to the idea, it just don't think it holds up to scrutiny, and there's a better alternative explanation of random mutation with natural selection. I'm also put off the idea by the suspicious motivations behind some of its proponents. It doesn't seem to have been presented to help us better understand how stuff works, but instead to push a political and moral agenda, which seems to undermine its credibility.

I'd be happy to be proved wrong.

1 comment:

Chris said...

That cuppa with the choccie biscuit sounds good to me. Can we add "Why did Mr Creator go out of its way to make it look so utterly convincingly like we and everything else evolved?" to the agenda please?

Thanks for spotting the actual point of my original post by the way. It was a post about the non-optional open minded viewpoint of science rather than ID specifically. Although both make interesting topics.