Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn

Another reason why "Intelligent Design" is a fatuity--.

It occurs to me that there really cannot be any explanation for "intelligent design" given that does not, ultimately involve the supernatural, or, bluntly, God. The argument that it might be "aliens", begs the question, where did the aliens come from? If they are smart enough to understand our complexity when we do not, they must be at least an order more complex than we are, true? So, who made them? Galactus? Cthulhu? A god-like holdover from a prior Universe? And if not aliens, what? If we are the products of some mystical Demiurge, who created him/her/it/them?

I am reminded of this anecdote, which exists in anumber of variations, but the punch line is always the same:

After a lecture on cosmology and the structure of the solar system, William James was accosted by a little old lady.
"Your theory that the sun is the centre of the solar system, and the earth is a ball which rotates around it has a very convincing ring to it, Mr. James, but it's wrong. I've got a better theory," said the little old lady.
"And what is that, madam?" inquired James politely.
"That we live on a crust of earth which is on the back of a giant turtle."
Not wishing to demolish this absurd little theory by bringing to bear the masses of scientific evidence he had at his command, James decided to gently dissuade his opponent by making her see some of the inadequacies of her position.
"If your theory is correct, madam," he asked, "what does this turtle stand on?"
"You're a very clever man, Mr. James, and that's a very good question," replied the little old lady, "but I have an answer to it. And it is this: the first turtle stands on the back of a second, far larger, turtle, who stands directly under him."
"But what does this second turtle stand on?" persisted James patiently.
To this the little old lady crowed triumphantly. "It's no use , Mr. James -- it's turtles all the way down."

I'm afraid that the ultimate answer to the intelligent design question may be that "it's intellgent designers all the way down."
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