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Recently, a friend of mine (a devout christian) started making various analogies and examples for Intelligent Design that I found insightful, intriguing, and down-right...dare I say adventurous.

 

They went like this-

 

1. All buildings have a builder.

2. All cars have a maker.

3. All paintings have a painter.

 

So, all humans must have a designer, and so must the world?

 

This was my friends arguement. At first I told him/her that they were using artificial objects as comparison, therefore, of course they are man-made and designed. I then referred to nature and animals, the way grass grows, and how animals adapt through evolution to sustain life and continue the process.

 

I seek an arguement to refute the above statements of so-called "intelligent design". My friend thought it necessary to point out that humans are just as likely to be as artificial as the objects we make nowadays and that this very world could be the product of some masters design. Anyone got a good arguement against this?

 

p.s. I am non-religious to the utmost, I'm merely trying to seek further ammo for my arguements against those who claim religious "creationism". Please indulge me with all your thoughts :lol:

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Newton and every other scientist of his time worked with a paradigm that saw the Earth as a creation of God. That changed over time towards a naturalistic paradigm, in which supernatural intervention

Have him watch this:   NOVA | Intelligent Design on Trial | Watch the Program | PBS       Also, adding a mysterious and unprovable creator does nothing to further our understanding.      

Just for fun, use their own stupid analogies against them to demonstrate evolution. It won't convince them but it will make their analogies look foolish.   How you say?   First of all, get them to be

Recently, a friend of mine (a devout christian) started making various analogies and examples for Intelligent Design that I found insightful, intriguing, and down-right...dare I say adventurous.

 

They went like this-

 

1. All buildings have a builder.

2. All cars have a maker.

3. All paintings have a painter.

 

So, all humans must have a designer, and so must the world?

 

This was my friends arguement.

 

Here's my take on this.

 

Comets.

 

Yep, comets.

 

They are the seeds that spread life giving elements throughout the galaxy (presumably the universe). Evolution runs it's course from there, giving us humans. That's the answer. Comets created humans (this is not necessarily true of course, but neither is his claim).

 

An obvious question he might pose could be "What created the comets?".

This is where you've got him. :lol:

Explain to him that it's a turtle problem. ;)

 

It probably will not change his mind, but it will get him thinking at least. ;)

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Recently, a friend of mine (a devout christian) started making various analogies and examples for Intelligent Design that I found insightful, intriguing, and down-right...dare I say adventurous.

 

They went like this-

 

1. All buildings have a builder.

2. All cars have a maker.

3. All paintings have a painter.

 

So, all humans must have a designer, and so must the world?

 

This was my friends arguement. At first I told him/her that they were using artificial objects as comparison, therefore, of course they are man-made and designed. I then referred to nature and animals, the way grass grows, and how animals adapt through evolution to sustain life and continue the process.

 

I seek an arguement to refute the above statements of so-called "intelligent design". My friend thought it necessary to point out that humans are just as likely to be as artificial as the objects we make nowadays and that this very world could be the product of some masters design. Anyone got a good arguement against this?

 

p.s. I am non-religious to the utmost, I'm merely trying to seek further ammo for my arguements against those who claim religious "creationism". Please indulge me with all your thoughts :phones:

 

There is no way to argue against intelligent design, no more than you can argue against the existence of God, first I would like to say I don't believe in intelligent design but trying to convince someone who doesn't have a grasp of evolution and how it works is unlikely to give up his belief. Intelligent design cannot be proven, on the other hand it cannot be disproved either. Very few things can be proven not to exist. For instance I keep an invisible demon in a box, prove I don't! You can't! All I can say there is absolutely no evidence to suggest intelligent design. For that matter evolution cannot be proved beyond all doubt but so far there is quite a bit of evidence to support evolution, none to support creation science or it's brother intelligent design. The real difference is that the mechanisms of evolution can change as new evidence comes in. Creation science and intelligent design cannot.

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Just for fun, use their own stupid analogies against them to demonstrate evolution. It won't convince them but it will make their analogies look foolish.

 

How you say?

 

First of all, get them to be more specific about what they believe such as:

 

"So you believe god created life?" Did you believe he created just the building blocks of life and evolution took hold, or do you believe he created plants and animals whole?"

 

Now in many instances, they won't understand the distinction, so you'll have to explain it to them:

 

"Well, evolution, as described by Charles Darwin, is intended to explain how animal species change over time, and how animal traits are affected by environmental factors. It isn't really trying to explain the initial chemistry involved in the original formation life. What do you think evolution means?"

 

At this point you are likely to get some sort of reply that includes the word "monkeys". Which, just for fun, you can point out that they "must have meant apes, right? Monkeys have tails." This is nothing more than a passing jab at their ignorance. Typically, they'll scoff and say, "whatever".

 

Now in order to stay consistent with their initial argument, they're going to realize that they have to agree that god made the animals whole. Otherwise, they're agreeing with the evolutionary process from god's initial creation, or, they're going to have to provide an alternate method for how the animals came about. The easy answer typically wins out with these people. "God created the animals whole." Plus, this is what they've been told from Genesis, so they typically follow suit.

 

Once they've stated that god created the animals whole, ask them to point to a building, or a car, or a painting that was materialized whole. Ask them to explain why you or they were not materialized whole, but rather evolved in their mother's womb from a single zygote to a complete being. Point out that the development of a fertilized ovum to fully developed fetus in the womb is a microcosm of the evolutionary process, happening before their eyes. Point out that none of the other plants and animals on this planet are materialized whole.

 

They may say that the buildings, cars, and paintings were still designed. But remind them that there was a process of development that brought them into existance. Liken it more to why buildings have steep roofs where there is a lot of snowfall, or lots of outdoor patio space in warm climates. Trucks are better for hauling than four cylinder economy cars. But with living organisms, these things happened naturally through Natural Selection and environmental conditions.

 

Point out that buildings, cars, and paintings, if you will, are not only designed but assembled. Ask them if they believe god is doing the assembling too. Explain that we can observe mitosis and have a fairly complete understanding of growth.

 

By this point, they'll get bored of the discussion and usually just scoff out of their own ignorance. Just tell them, "Hey, you know what, you can believe whatever you want, but so can I. The point is, who is making an informed choice of what to believe."

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Look into the term abiogenesis. Abiogenesis today consists of many different theories. Protocells are one. RNA World is another. They are all based on chemistry. When you come across a person who tries to make evolution equal abiogenesis, they are not really talking about evolution, no matter how vehemently they scream that they are. Instead, they are arguing atheism vs. theism... they are using what is known as god-of-the-gaps theology.

 

 

Here's a good overview:

 

Primordial Soup's On: Scientists Repeat Evolution's Most Famous Experiment: Scientific American

 

 

 

Also, this is a must for anyone truly interested:

 

The Harbinger. My Scientific Discussions of Evolution for the Pope and His Scientists

 

 

You can also make life in your own kitchen.

 

Call Sigma Chemical Co. at 800-325-3010 and order 1 bottle of catalog number M 7145 and one bottle of R 7131 amino acids solutions (you need both to get all the amino acids http://www.sigmaaldrich.com/sigma/formulation/M5550for.pdf). They will cost you about $40 plus shipping for both. Empty the bottles into a fying pan, turn the heat on low and heat until all the water is evaporated. Then heat for 15-60 minutes. Add water. You will have protocells in the solution.

 

 

Here is more on one type of protocell:

 

SpringerLink - Journal Article

 

 

As per irreducible complexity, that is supposed to be a falsification of natural selection according to ID, but it has been shown that Behe used a strawman version of natural selection and that natural selection can produce any complex biological structure

 

A classification of possible routes of Darwinian evolution.

 

 

Another funny thing that has been shown over the past several years is that natural selection itself is pretty good at getting design. Here is a very quality example of that:

 

genetic-programming.com-Home-Page

 

 

I could go on. You'll also notice that I support my assertions with citations, and I am not arguing against their position to prove mine. My position proves itself.

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I could go on. You'll also notice that I support my assertions with citations, and I am not arguing against their position to prove mine. My position proves itself.

 

INow does make a good point here. My approach is really more philosophical than it is science, and is really more about twisting them up and playing games instead of trying to express your knowledge and understanding. The information stands on its own. Ultimately, you're better off educating yourself thorougly and displaying that knowledge with the confidence of being able to back up your points, whereas they won't be able to. They'll always get stuck on faith.

 

Hell, do them both. Twist 'em up and then knock 'em out with your knowledge. :phones:

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After reviewing most of the posted links and info (amazing finds, thanks guys :phones:) my belief in Evolution has never been stronger, the evidence overwhelmingly supports it beyond a doubt.

 

However...

 

Something keeps nagging me. Perhaps I'm a tad too curious for my own good, but does it seem reasonable that Evolution in itself, the Universe in all its splendor, and all of this existance that we know as human beings could have been produced by a force unrecognizable by science?

 

I'm not talking about the modern God of todays religions, perhaps I mean a God that is merely a creator of existance...heck you could even go so far as to call God a "force" that perhaps science was never meant to understand, or perhaps, cannot.

 

I'm not saying I believe that there is a God, a higher kind of force that set the workings of the world, but then again, the Universe-Multiverse-existance had to come from something :phones: I'm merely throwing out ideas.

 

I'm far more interested in the truth behind the matter, not my own personal opinion. Once again, I leave the floor to you all. :cheer:

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Something keeps nagging me. Perhaps I'm a tad too curious for my own good, but does it seem reasonable that Evolution in itself, the Universe in all its splendor, and all of this existance that we know as human beings could have been produced by a force unrecognizable by science?

 

Do you mean unrecognizable to science in perpetitude, or unrecognizable to science right now? I am asking if this "force" is by definition unknowable or if it's just something we haven't *yet* found a way to measure.

 

 

Regardless of your response, here's mine to the question you posed. Anything's possible, but the idea that some unrecognizable force sprang the universe into existence is not too likely. What sprang that into existence, ya dig?

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I'd have to say this "force" could go either way- perhaps it IS measurable by science and we just haven't found it with our current senses/scientific hardware or it just be that it isn't humanly possible to understand/even know of this.

 

I'd say anything is possible as well, although I'd much rather see a creational "force" be determined by science (certainly not religion) and (possibly Grand Unified Theory?) so that we may come to better understand everything that is.

 

:) Guess we'll have to wait and find out

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These are interesting questions. I will try to come at it from a different angle and query whether it is possible to design a construct of intelligence ie could I create a way for you to think more comprehensively with greater due deference to a greater array of logic overlays so that you were able to triangulate more precisely the truth of a matter or find exceptions more commonly to statements that begin with the word "ALL". In theory I could but does that make me God..no I wouldnt claim so. Would it advance the evolutionary course of mankind if I did or give greater survival advantage..probably yes but only in theory. So if we say it is possible to expand a persons consciousness to the absolute ultimate of its potentiality and give it a logical thought processing construct that unites all knowledge, for example, then wouldnt it mean there was some guiding principle that lead to the creation of that potentiality. Its an annoying and probably perpetually inconclusive discussion. Yes if someone put themselves perfectly in harmony with the universe that the universe was equally in harmony with them on every dimensional level they could probably have something to do with the planets going back into alignment (especially if it was the only way to to avoid a stuff up in harmony at a universal level) but would it make that person God..no not neccessarily..even if a miracle occurred that the world considered truly divine the person who caused it would probably say "Yeah whatever, I cant remember creating the universe so I cant ever resolve that I am God" and realistically God would probably have to show up create another planet or something and put a symbiotic concept of life on it in order for everyone to be finally convinced that there was a God which is what you have to do to prove intelligent design. By my way of thinking the only way you can prove the existence of god is to consider god the united consciousness of nature and then seek to extract a due deferential gesture from "it" on the basis of some sort of cumulative one up system starting with a one up on any god concept for instance Eric Clapton and you might start by proving a greater depth of resolve than he has just to keep him honest. After you have gotten one up on a God concept a few times then take it to the next level and get one up on another species at a symbiotic level of understanding to the moment like Bull in a field or something without disrespecting him of course but let him know you have impressive capabilities that are advantageous to his position and respectful to the others in the herd at the same time. Then after that get a bird to whistle a tune with you. By then you might realise that nature is a co-operative organism when it comes to harmony and Clapton has a certain seniority on that here on Earth which is rather annoying until you get one up on a God level basis with nature before he does. :rolleyes:

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