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Anish

Not only does Darwin love you, but he won't judge you. And he won't send you to hell (or heaven) or reincarnate you as a dog. Actually, come to think of it, Darwin just doesn't care. 'cause your life is completely meaningless (from a cosmic sense). Yup, you don't have any special significance or place in this universe nor are you created in someone's image or (Plato's) Idea. You don't really matter. Put that in you pipe and smoke it before your head hits that fluffy pillow tonight.

Neo

Richard Dawkins has an excellent description of a certain class of opposition to evolution (Darwinian adaptive selection, or other variants), a class that includes ID.

Dawkins calls this "Argument from Personal Incredulity".

To wit, "(I) personally cannot imagine how a particular complex structure or function could have evolved in small steps from a less complex structure/function, nor can (I) personally imagine the adaptive superiority of any of the intermediate stages; therefore, just by virtue of the failure of (my) imagination and (my) inability to do science, said evolution could not have occurred".

AfPI is closely tied to "God of the Gaps". Intelligent Designers are fond of calling attention to "irreducible complexity"; the only problem here is that today's "irreducible complexity" becomes tomorrow's mundane school-textbook explanation. Michael Behe (poster-turd of the ID movement) made much of the many examples of irreducible complexity he cited in his book---within a year of the publication of the book, almost all his examples were shown to be reducible and simple.

Such is the process of scientific explanation: what seemed incomprehensible to the previous generation, becomes well-understood by the current, and part of mother's milk for the next (so much so that the young whippersnappers shake their heads in amazement that their grandparents could have been so dumb as to miss the most obvious explanations).


While serious scientists were slogging away finding answers and providing explanations, Behe and his creationist cretin cohorts could do nothing more than fart nonsense.


Of the many criticisms that can be brought up against intelligent design, AfPI is my favorite. It combines a suitable degree of levity and withering sarcasm with a bald statement of the core of these arguments (personal incredulity). AfPI is also as much as one needs to use against anti-evolutions of all breeds---these people are mental defectives or moral degenerates, and using facts and science on them is a waste. In fact, identifying AfPI is sufficient criticism of most bogus arguments in any discussion or field of stufy (politics being a good example).


BTW, it strikes me that AfPI is the obverse of RCC (Reality Creating Community). Followers of AfPI believe that some aspect of the external universe is ontologically prohibited as a consequence of their own thoughts. The RCCers believe that they create ontology merely by belief and assertion. A well-matched pair.

Sid

Good point about how one generation's mystery is the next's discovery of that mystery as being "a mundane school textbook explanation."

That's the whole point, isn't it? At one time people thought solar eclipses to be the wrath of god, and now we know what solar eclipses are. There a fewer mysteries and more answers, but that doesn't mean there isn't still a ton of discovery for eager scientists to engage in. It's that discovery that IDers and many others are afraid of.

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