Intelligent design? think NOT!  

redmustang91 57M  
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10/29/2005 3:17 pm

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Intelligent design? think NOT!

I have to laugh at those romantic idealists who claim human beings show intelligent design by an omniscient, all powerful diety!

Voltaire debunked this notion in the 18th Century with that delicious small book "Candide".

I think I could come up with a better design than what we got, and I am far from omniscient!

In case some were not paying attention in history classes:

World War I and II
Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Mao, Fidel Castro, Idi Amin,
Khmer Rouge, Osama Ben Laden, Yassir Arafat,
STD's including AIDS
Bubonic Plague, 1918 Influenza, earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, the Middle East, etc.

Those who say human history demonstrates intelligent design show the triumph of hope and faith over reality, and demonstrate how non-empirical religious people are.

rm_rsp54 58F
531 posts
10/30/2005 8:35 am

Omniscient, All Powerful Deity... Arrghhh!!!I shake my head in wonder. I have a very good first hand view of this whole thing at work.My husband is a programmed drone who believes everything the current politcal administration says, because it is his church's policy.

sweetalyssum 47F

10/30/2005 11:57 am

I wonder if it is possible to be a student of history and retain hope and faith, or if it is a foregone conclusion that faith must depart in the face of overwhelming statistics.

MissAnnThrope 56F
11488 posts
10/31/2005 12:02 am

There's a trial going on in Pennsylvania right now. The Dover Area School District has decided to teach Intelligent Design to their ninth grade biology students. Eleven parents filed a lawsuit, saying a public school, especially a science class, is not the place to teach religion.

The trial has been going on for a month. At the moment, all sorts of witnesses for the defense, including expert witnesses from the Discovery Institute, which pushes ID on school boards, have been backing out of testifying. It doesn't look good for the religious right at the moment, but the judge will have the final say.

I don't see how the judge can rule against the parents. The school district actually hired their lawyer from The Thomas More Law Center, which is a Christian law firm. How much more obvious could they be that this is religious and not secular, as they're trying to claim?

redmustang91 57M  
8598 posts
10/31/2005 8:51 am

I wrote a blog earlier about that trial! Religion does not belong in science class! On Sunday went to the Huntingon Library which had an exhibit about Orchids and books and illustrations on them. Interesting history abut how this tropical plant became popular to grow in England.

One wild Orchid has an eleven inch long stamen for pollinating itself which only a rare night-flying moth with an 11 inch long probocis can reach. Darwin predicted its existence 23 years before anyone observed one. Natural selection is amazing.

bobbydazzler69x 46M

11/2/2005 5:15 am

But what of Cartesian duality? If we have a sort of dual existence made up of matter and the immaterial, like thought itself, how can we account for anything, including knowledge of our own existence, if not through an immaterial part of us. Cogito ergo Sum. I think therefore I am. As for natural selection, where did that come from? It wasn't Darwin's idea. He didn't design the turtles on the Galapagos. If you say, well things don't have to come from something, then why have reason? Don't worry, be happy; and do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Remember if there is nothing, then why something?

2xTwiceShy 51M
470 posts
11/9/2005 11:09 pm

The beautty of this argument unfolded in the Pennsylvania election this week. All eight school board members who supported the proposal were removed from office and replaced by more "reasonable thinking individuals."

And they said religious fanaticism lies in the Middle East! Yet here we elected Mullah Dubya to take us down the same path. Hypocracy abounds, but it seems alot thicker in the religious woods...

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