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Discussion 1 to Meditation 381
On Intelligent Design (ID)

by Gordon Barker

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I caught part of Charlie Rose last night (August 10, 2005) where the guest was talking about George W. Bush’s comments recently on Intelligent Design.  That in itself is not interesting; however I do find interesting a statement made that evolution exists but under ID control.

The concept here is that the world is as old as geologists and paleontologists say, and species do change and evolve over time.  The tripping point in this scheme though for ID proponents is the complexity that arises in even microscopic creatures to accomplish something. 

Take for example the humble paramecium.  This creature moves around by using an outboard motor.  This is what Michael J. Behe writing in Natural History magazine calls “Irreducibly complex systems”.  The outboard motor is a whip like propeller that is rotated by a molecular motor held on by a universal joint and connected to the cell by a protein bushing.  Dozens of different kinds of proteins must come together in specific ways to make the flagellum work.  Lose any one and the system breaks down and the paramecium doesn’t move.  Evolution claims to make small changes in already working systems.  But how did the systems get working in the first place?

OK, I don’t know how it works either.  The alternative of ascribing this to a supernatural being has some shortcomings as well.

This smacks of “Erich Von Daniken”-ism where he, in the book “Chariots of the Gods” sought to describe building efforts on the earth which he held as too complex for man to have created, to be the efforts of an alien civilization visiting earth in the distant past.

ID creates more questions than it answers, and worse than that, it denies even the need for more understanding.  To an questing mind, nothing can be more repulsive.