- Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Alpha (December 5, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1592575552
- ISBN-13: 978-1592575558
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,010,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Intelligent Design
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About the Author
Christopher Carlisle, M. Div., is a professor and the Episcopal chaplain at the University of Massachusetts. He created the popular course BELIEF, which explores the interdisciplinary study of religion and science in the 21st century, and is the co-founder of The God and Science Project.
W. Thomas Smith, Jr., has written four books, as well as thousands of articles for a variety of publications, including USA Today, George, U.S. News & World Report, and BusinessWeek.
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Yes, it's also a brilliantly redundant title since the authors appear to make no effort at making logical, consistent, or even accurate arguments. The big question is whether the authors or the readers are bigger idiots. Then I realized, someone must have bought this book from a bookstore, for some fraction of the retail price. I am confident that I now know who the bigger idiot is.
Intelligent Design is Intelligent by Design. Intelligent apes were Designed by a non-Intelligent being with a penchance for Intelligence. Anyways, I am Intelligent by Design, simply because I believe in non-Intelligent Design and apes.
Scientists will always be non-Intelligent and illegible for Intelligence.
Or something like that.
I know the arguments; e.g. "Yes, but these scientists have a vested interest in evolution -- they might be fired if they spoke against it, I saw Expelled!" The fact is that if somebody found evidence that disproved the ToE they would be a hero. We love this sort of challenge -- witness the orbit of Mercury; it didn't conform to Newtonian mechanics, and who would not have loved to be the guy that explained it?
But the fact is, ID has no evidence, and no predictive power. What use is a theory without predictive power? None. ID is not falsifiable. Now, I know there are people who interpret that as "not falsifiable? Then it must be true!" This is not quite the idea. A theory has to be falsifiable, otherwise it is useless. To take a classic example, I theorise that there are pink unicorns orbiting Saturn. You can't prove it's not true! ID is on the same level.
Let's get down to nuts and bolts. Here is how ID works:
Observation: I can't see how an eye could possibly have evolved -- half an eye is useless!
Conclusion: God did it.
90% of analogies are crap, but here's mine:
Observation: I can't understand how I alone survived a crash in which three hundred people died.
Conclusion: God did it.
Here's the thing: the evolution of the eye is actually well understood. ID proponents switched to the flagellum. Unfortunately, this is also now well understood. In fact, Evolution must be one of the most well-tested theories after quantum mechanics. Here's what gets me: it was formulated in the 19th century, before anybody had the faintest idea what the mechanism of transfer of characteristics could possibly be. DNA wasn't identified until half a century later. Is this not one of the greatest confirmations that any theory has ever had?
In conclusion, there is no controversy. ID is a way of saying "I don't know, therefore god did it." Science is a way of saying "I don't know, let's explore that." Which world would you rather live in?
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