"The US state of Kansas has ruled that science classes in public schools should include the teaching of intelligent design and the doubts it casts on Darwinian evolution. The move has dismayed the nation's scientific community." - linkBut wait a minute, as we bow our heads in respect for the loss of rationality shouldn't we also be celebrating the new opportunities an evolution free universe holds for the scientific process? [Bear with me here, I'm not condoning ID nonsense just yet...]
If The Designer is now legally a testable hypothesis (at least in Kansas), it must also presumably contain some observable premises we can use to come up with new and better theories - for this IS how the scientific method is meant to be applied. Now that ID is legally science we'll have to start treating it that way.
- 1. The intelligent designer formed life, and in doing so left traces of something we misperceived as 'evolution'.
2. The 'evidence' of 'evolution' we misperceived does not fit properly with our 'theory', as this court case concludes, therefore every scrap of evidence that was collected is actually better applied to questioning the existence of The Intelligent Designer him/it-self.
3. Thus we must conclude that all the imperfections inherent in just about every species of flora and fauna on this planet were mistakes made by our supposedly 'intelligent' designer and not by the errors collected over countless generations by random and non-planned mutation within the now defunct 'evolutionary process'.
The Motivation Behind The Mistakes:
- He was the ultimate procrastinator: The Designer kept putting off his work until he hardly had time to re-design that defective human sinus system or reroute that male urethra so that it didn't pass right through the prostate gland. Happens to the most driven of us, why not the very very most driven?
- He was a lazy git: He just couldn't be arsed finishing his jobs. Flying Squirrels, for all their half-falling / half-flying are just not worth the effort.
- He ran out of time: Truly 6 days, even in designer-heaven, ain't a long time. So ok, he decided on a gas for his creatures to breath, but by the time he realised that the very same oxygen supply that kept them alive was also slowly killing the creatures that absorbed it the 7th day was upon him. No work on the designer-Sabbath for Mr. Designer, oh no.
- He ran out of ideas: When you've seen over 900 species of bats you've seen them all.
- He was just joking: Yeah, I suppose inverting the human retina to give us a blind-spot, but not doing the same to the octopus might have been kind of funny at the time.
- He had better things to do: We forget that life came later on in the designer's universal project. What about the rocks? Putting down all those layers of sediment must have taken a bloody long time.
...and so on
"The critical thinking and precision of science began to really affect my ability to just believe something without any tangible evidence..." - Salvador Cordova - quoted in NatureMu to that!
UPDATE: Someone has answered my question... It's all about Incompetent Design.
Many thanks to Sceptico, Pharyngula, Panda's Thumb and everyone linked above!
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