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← Intelligent Design and the cruelty of nature

godzillatemple's Avatar Jump to comment 24 by godzillatemple

I'm not sure you have fully grasped the concepts. Once you have life -- organisms that replicate with random variation -- the ever increasing complexity and adaptation we see are not bizarrely improbably at all, they are more or less inevitable -- although there is randomness in the exact shape that adaptations end up taking that things do adapt and get more complex is not "bizarrely improbable" at all.

Well, this is a little off-topic, but I agree with you 100%. That's why I specifically said that it seems bizarrely improbable (i.e., to somebody who has not fully grasped the concept, which would apparently include anybody who denies evolution in favor of intelligent design).

My point was simply that I can understand why some people might think that the world must be somehow designed by an intelligent being, but can't understand how that belief can lead anybody to believe in a loving and caring designer given how cruel nature is. It would seem that the only logical alternatives would be to believe in a sadistic and cruel god or else not believe in a god in the first place.

Of course, I suppose expecting logic from some people might be too much to ask, eh?

Wed, 16 May 2012 15:20:06 UTC | #941856