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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Dystheism - Dissing The Deity's 'Design'


Cross posted at God is for Suckers!

Man, in his ignorance, supposed that all phenomena were produced by some intelligent powers, and with direct reference to him. - Gods, Ingersoll

Hot on the heels of a rather intriguing discussion (see here), I think it time we dust off some of the more obvious blatherings of the religious.

It's a flawed 'creation'. Witness:

  1. The human eye: who on earth would construct something that actually sees everything upside down? Or for that matter, why are all our mechanisms up front, and vulnerable? If we're to measure 'design', why are squids eyes better designed than ours?
  2. Click here for an interesting take - Neil DeGrasse Tyson on Youtube describing Stupid Design.
  3. And here are my observations (from 2006) on the various pitfalls and razorwire of this world, allegedly 'created' for us.
  4. 'Irreducible complexity' - that hoary old chestnut, has reached its expiration date (long since overdue: there are some minds suffering from ingestion of this meme that never made the big time). Again, here's another take of mine on this...less than overwhelming effort. (Sorry for all the links back to my site, but rather than repeat myself at length, it's simpler to outline past efforts.)
  5. Or, as another exhibit, the bunny rabbit. Yes, you heard me right. The bunny eats its food, digests it, evacuates it, and...eats the pellets. It has to consume its own excrement in order to survive. How efficient is that? Not very.
  6. And it's not enough that we die. Oh, no. Creeping decrepitude seeps into us. Maintenance devolves, from a simple shrug in youth to battling for survival in old age.

One has not far to go, to find the flaws in this 'creation' - they're everywhere. For every single example of some wonderful innovation, there's at the very least a hundred examples of how inefficient organisms and/or mechanism manage to work around glitches.

So please, all you Young Earth/Old Earth creationists: don't blither on about how 'all creation is a testament to His Wonder', because that dog don't hunt. It's blaringly obvious to those of us who realize that we are most emphatically not the center of this universe, that it cares not one jot nor tittle whether we live or die. To claim otherwise, is self-absorption to the point of narcissism.

Better yet, to quote one of my favorite shows, Heroes, "Evolution is a blind, messy, violent process."

Yes it is. It is not only the dominant paradigm, it is simply fact. To claim otherwise is hubris, pure and simple.

Till the next post, then.

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Anonymous said...

Hey, Uncy.
Michael S√łndberg Olsen, yer old Danish friend checking in.
Just wanted to let you know that I'm engaged to a beautiful young girl named Sabrina and that I'm at least somewhat alright.

Ye Hairless One.

Krystalline Apostate said...

Good on you, Herr Olsen. Glad to hear both of those bits of good news.