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View Diary: Let's Teach the Controversy of Evolution vs Intelligent Design **Updated with Poll question** (365 comments)

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  •  An oddity (or two) (0+ / 0-)

    On the one hand, the argument here is that there is nothing determinable about complexity that could imply intelligent design. On the other hand, the author argues that lower back pain is incompatible with intelligent design. So, there can be no standard of measure for intelligent design, but we use such a standard to counter the theory?

    I should also point out that any Philosophy 101 class could probably explain that the most the author can claim is that his arguments show what need not be ruled in, but do not show what must be ruled out. E.g., there is nothing here that militates against the possibility of an intelligent designer who designed a mechanism called natural selection. And, lest someone drag in Ockham's Razor, that same philosophy class will point out that the Razor is at best a kind of rule of thumb, an unsupportable preference for a certain kind of explanation.

    I have no dog in this fight; I'm only trying to make the point that the approach here does not finish the discussion with anything like the finality the diarist imagines.

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