Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Greatest Intellectual Swindle

Darwin perpetrated the greatest intellectual swindle in the history of ideas. Nature has no power to choose. All natural selection does is narrow the variability of incidental change by weeding out the less fit. What’s more, it acts on the spur of the moment, based solely on what the environment at the present time deems fit and thus without any prevision of future possibilities. And yet this blind process, when coupled with another blind process, namely, incidental change, is supposed to produce designs that exceed the capacities of any designers in our experience. No wonder Daniel Dennett, in Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, credits Darwin with "the single best idea anyone ever had." Getting design without a designer is a good trick indeed. (Wm Dembski, The Design Revolution, pg 263)

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