Atheist Talk - Unintelligent Design
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Evolution states that whatever walks the earth has evolved by small steps. Each creature, no matter how "developed" is a kaleidoscope of miniature trials and errors, their successes and failures. If we could find a creature for whom this is not true, so the IDs argue, then we can deduce some kind of "manufacturer" who made this creature which exhibits this "jump" in its evolution.
If we could find a creature sporting a set of wheels, they continue, that would be proof of ID. A nice set of wheels or some kind of rollers would come very handy but don't exist because it cannot evolve in smaller steps where every trial out shoot makes some evolutionary sense. A wheel is an all or nothing proposition.
Our good friends at ID did actually manage to find a bacterium with wheels which turned out not to be but this is not what I want to mention now.
What I want to say is that the WHEEL is here. If you don't believe it look around and you'll see quite a few in a hurry. Is that proof of an intelligent designer of wheels?
Well yes and no. From strictly the wheel's point of view its evolution too had to be like that of rabbits, cockroaches and all other creatures. (This will be clearer in robotics.)
So what are those small increments where every step had to make sense? Well, to start with, the mental conception. This seems to be the continuation of the road from nature's laboratory. Therefore even if we could prove an "intelligent designer" it wouldn't help the superstitious because it wouldn't give them the kind of trump they're dreaming about.
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