Intelligent Design is a theory developed by Christian Creationist to get around the 1st Amendment’s separation of church and state. They devised a rather creative workaround the Constitution by saying that all creation was designed by an intelligent creator. Intelligent Design takes the word Christianity out of the argument, cleaver but a bit deceptive. However the theories they put forth are purely that, ideas without any proof of substance, a leap of faith unlike science. So they still encounter an issue of credibility.
The problem that the average layperson has with science is how did all these wonders around us come into exist if they weren’t created by a being who appreciated beauty and was ability to create complex things such as flowers, trees, animals, and especially amazingly intelligent human beings.
But the world is full of other far more sinister things and forces that destroy all that is so wonderful such as dangerous people, animals, diseases, fires, deadly storms, and powerful earthquakes. There is little value in mosquitoes, cancer or deadly viruses so why were they also created?
Science is largely based upon the randomness of events. The nuclear interactions of atoms and subatomic particles has its foundations in Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle that it is impossible to determine the exact state of matter at any instant in time because of its randomness as well as our methods of measurements influencing these states. Everything in the universe is influenced by other random things and events.
But not everything is purely random. Some forms of matter as well as life are more fit to survive in a given environment than another. There are atoms that are much more stable in earth’s environment than on the sun because it is simply too hot for them to remain stable so they are torn apart. The same is true for living organisms. Certain diseases thrive inside one host but not another. That is why certain diseases affect dogs but not humans. So out of randomness come the survival of that which is most fit to survive in a given environment while all other random existences cease existing.
Random mutations are a common event. We accept the fact that cancer cells randomly mutate into different variants of that cell. Most variants do not survive but the few which are most fit, being more resistant to treatment, will spread unabated. So many treatments are used for fighting such allusive cancers such as radiation and various chemo therapies but often there is no cure.
Most mutations in man and other organisms are not beneficial. These far more frequent mutations such as downs syndrome and spina bifida would not survive for long without help. However there are those very rare mutations which are extremely beneficial. That is why there are so few Einsteins and Beethoven. On extremely rare occasions two like individuals mate producing offspring with the same dominant gene so it is a matter of whether this genetic trait can survive in the long term to become an improvement of our species. The vast majority of beneficial genetic traits do not survive for long but a few do. So evolution’s natural selection process is very slow with a lot of fatal mistakes and very few lasting successes. It is this very laborious natural selection processes that is at the heart of the survival of the fittest.
Natural selection isn’t a thing one witnesses in life just as quantum mechanics cannot be experienced. They are simply not part of our human experience and the reason why people find it so hard to believe. The reason why evolution is viable is because of the vastness of time. Changes in the characteristics of organisms occur over tens of thousands of years. It is like a flower that grows and blossoms. We see snapshots of the plant’s growth over time but we can only imagine how the process proceeds since it is so gradual. Evolution is infinitely slower than that. Scientists observe evolution in the laboratory with insects and microorganisms with very short lifespans and high reproductive rates. Palaeontologist observe it by digging up fossil remains from different periods of time to get snapshots in time and piece them together to see how animals evolved over thousands and millions of years. Earth is over 3 billion years old and life has existed for roughly half that time. One and a half billion years is 1,500 times one million years. So a million years isn’t all that long.
I preface this article with science because I wanted to illustrate that the preponderance of evidence indicates that there is far more randomness in creation than can be accounted for in an Intelligent Design. The mere fact that there were so many extinctions in the past is strong evidence of a more random creation.
The evidence is overwhelming that creation is far from being well planned. Yet Creationists persist in claiming that an omnipotent and omniscient creator deliberately designed creation. Why then did the intelligent designer plant so much extinct fossil evidence to prove himself wrong? Why did an intelligent and omnipotent creator make so many random extinction mistakes? Why is there such a total lack of intelligence in this universe so Intelligently Designed?
Much of life is about dealing with random events, the unknown. It’s less about life and death and more about simply trying to beating the odds and coming out a little ahead. Life is simply an extension of how the universe continues to evolve. Creation is an evolving process, not simply “In the beginning…”
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