Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake

[religion] Intelligent Design

I’ve managed to get myself into an argument with an Intelligent Design troll over on io9.com. Yes, I really do know better. But there’s a really important point about Intelligent Design that most people seem to miss.

The concept of “irreducible complexity” lies at the heart of Intelligent Design’s attempted argument. Irreducible complexity essentially says that “since I can’t imagine how such a thing came about through natural processes, God must have done it.”

The statement is ridiculous for two reasons. First, it reflects the poverty of imagination of ID proponents far more than it reflects any realities of the complexity of the observable universe.

Second, it doesn’t address anything at all about that complexity, it just abstracts complexity from the observable universe to the unobservable deity. That solves nothing.

Which is why arguing with Intelligent Design trolls is deeply pointless. They proceed from unconsciously false premises, and are not subject to reasonable discourse in the first place.

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

Tags: religion, science

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