My point is that the purpose of the design would logically define the role of the designer and ultimately the nature of the design itself. If we ask the question of design we necessarily ask of the purpose of the design. Does the existence and design of life as we know it achieve any discernable purpose that any sort of designer could have hoped to achieve? Why are we here.........?
Well, I think I can answer your question.
* Adopts ID pose, dons Magical Hat of Analogy, says the mystic ocult words "Petitio principii!" *
Designed objects fall into two categories. First, there are those which are useful. Now the Earth and its ecosystem are not evidently in use. Moreover, so far as we are aware, no design theorist has ever even postulated a use that the Designer (or the Owner) might have for a life-bearing planet, still less shown positive evidence that it has one.
What is it supposed to be for, after all? Is it a manufactory? A conveyance? A utensil? It seems ill-adapted for any purpose.
Experience teaches us that when an object is well designed, but has no practical purpose, it is intended to be ornamental. The Earth, we know, is well-designed. From the fact that the Earth has no conceivable use, it follows that the Earth must fall into the second category. The Earth must be an ornament, a decoration, a work of art.
Hence we have a strong and testable prediction: that the Earth should, in fact, be ornamental. Now the Earth, I think everyone will conceed, is quite stunningly beautiful; and it is noteworthy that the principal exceptions are those parts which have been modified by humanity for practical purposes. Similarly, all our experience teaches us that the most highly ornamental objects are never intended for practical purposes.
To summarize our findings: the Earth has no apparent use; it is evidently highly ornamental; hence it is an ornament.
This deduction is in line with other sciences which deal with the study of design, such as archaeology. If an archaeologist were to unearth an item which was evidently designed, which showed no signs of use, had no conceivable practical use, and was unarguably very beautiful, then that archaeologist would classify it as ornamental in function.
I wonder how many other people in the Wonderful Scientific World Of ID have come to this conclusion? I wonder how much ink has been expended over this point?
Mike, you've reduced god down to a self righteous son of a bitch ...
Moving back to the consequences of an intelligent designer, why should we assume any morality or ethics are involved? Look at the way we raise chickens and other "factory" foods.
Perhaps life on earth is designed as a breeding ground to biological warfare.
That would certainly explain more than assuming charity or altruism.
What's in it for the designer? Or do we have competing designers, trying hostile take-overs of other designs?
One major consequence of assuming a designer is that there is no reason to stop at one - it is more logical to assume a race or multiple races of designers, as we are using our design ability as an analogy and there is no evidence of a single entity of any form of living or spiritual existence.
If we use humans as an example then we must assume a pantheon of designers with different abilities, different motives and different ethics.
You say God is omnipotent and knows nothing of survival, yes?
you forgot to mention the other thing that Gasby said--God is also immortal.
how can an immortal being know what it is like to try and survive? because in order to try and survive, the risk of death must be real. so in other words, either your God doesn't know everything, or he is mortal. which is it?
(and unless it's a typo, or I missed something somewhere along the line in this thread, isn't god's knowledge omniscient?)
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Allways the God thing. If that is not bad enough people assume to know what motives "God" might have. If there is an inelligent designer.....we and all we experience are one set of consequences. Since when should an intelligent designer or designers have but one purpose or motive? This being the case there may be an endless symphony of intended outcomes. My own view is that I am here to learn. How much I absorb depends upon my density....lol
Interesting. However I think there is a flaw in your argument. You say -
Now the Earth, I think everyone will conceed, is quite stunningly beautiful; and it is noteworthy that the principal exceptions are those parts which have been modified by humanity for practical purposes
But if we are part of the design then the design itself is inherently setup to become increasingly less beautiful and therefore less ornamental over time (i.e. as we continue to screw up the planet for our own practical ends)
The obvious conclusion is that the ornamental design you describe would be infinitely better designed if humans had been completely left out of the equation............
Are we the equivelent of termites eating away at the beautifully painted canvas? Or, to continue in the spirit of your argument, are we in fact the ornament? The equivelent of exotic fish in huge fish tank.
some hypotheses based on intelligent design theory
I'd be interested in an exploration of the corollary issues raised as a consequence of an intelligent designer playing some role in the development of life. I don't necessarily wish to limit this discussion to the Intelligent Designer (god) that the creos believe in, but it can include the red herring idea that they've tossed out of an alien intelligence, or any other type of designer that anyone else would find of interest
Intelligent design proponents believe that we can use our knowledge of how human beings carry out intelligent design, to infer the existence of similarly intelligent design in nature.
It's not easy combining good design and good function with the right quality, at an affordable price. But then we aren't known for taking the easy way out. Designing a desk that costs a fortune is easy. But designing something that's affordable to many — only the truly talented designer and product developer can do that.
Luckily for us, those people work with our designs. By working together with skilled manufacturers, they find ways to get the most out of a raw material. They know how to produce furniture at a low cost, and still keep the original design idea.
They're helping to create the unique IKEA range. We call it a clever range, because it focuses on what's important. We don't do what's unnecessary, because that costs money. And our customers don't want to waste money. They want smart solutions to meet needs they have. The IKEA range is the result of our efforts to meet those needs. It isn't easy. Maybe that's why so few are doing it.
The IKEA product range is wide in several ways. First, it's wide in function. Because you shouldn't have to run from one small specialty shop to another to furnish your home. Here, you'll find plants, living room furnishings, toys, frying pans and whole kitchens. Everything that in a functional way helps to build a home is at IKEA.
And finally, by being coordinated, the range is wide in function and style at the same time, and at all times. No matter which style you prefer, there's the latest armchair that goes with the classic bookcase that goes with the new extending table that goes with last year's armchair. So our range continues to be wide in a variety of ways. Year after year after year.
I'm assuming that my source is a good example of how empirical observations of intelligent design work in practice. If the natural world is also intelligently designed, we can use our newfound knowledge to make specific predictions such as:
a) all species should be affordable;
b) all species should have been created by skilled manufacturers working closely with the designers;
c) all species should conveniently found in a single location, along with the kitchens and bookcases
c) all species should be color-coordinated
d) all species arrive flat-packed and are assembled with a complimentary allen key
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