I would agree that the human nervous system is the most complex known object, but: if the web of interaction can be considered a system which comprises every human mind, each in its own context, then that is surely more complex than the brain itself. Perhaps not surely, but arguably surely. Have a good day.Human Evolution in 42 Steps
The first two questions that come to my mind along these lines are, why would any intelligence direct, tamper with or otherwise influence the course of life on this insignificant third rock from an ordinary star, and if it's so intelligent, why didn't it do a better job of it?
Well, your question assumes that there is something inherently wrong with the universe, or planet, or organism, or what have you. Its also an assumption that we are ordinary and insignificant. I would agree that the universe certainly appears at times to be something arbitrary. But I have nothing else to compare it to. If this universe is imperfect, who among us knows of another universe that is? Instead of challenging the Intelligence on just how intelligent it is, perhaps it is we that are not intelligent enough to comprehend the sheer genius of it.
At the same time, its a bit of a dichotomy for a proponent of ID, and this is how. Proponents of ID use irreducible complexity as a way to measure the alleged intelligence factor. In other words, they are saying, "look, its clearly designed. These things don't just happen." At the same time, if we are unable to discern what is capricious and what is intended, then how can the ID argument stand as being something obvious?
So is it obvious or are we oblivious?
I think even the most staunch naturalist could admit that some things really do appear designed by intent. And even the most staunch proponent of ID could admit that some things appear random. Perhaps its a little of both. Maybe in some ways both groups are correct in some inferences and incorrect in others.
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"The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God." -2nd Corinthians 10:4-5
The first two questions that come to my mind along these lines are, why would any intelligence direct, tamper with or otherwise influence the course of life on this insignificant third rock from an ordinary star,
The assumption of insignificance makes effective poetry but fallacious logic.
Just because a planet is small does not mean it lacks significance. Are children less significant than adults because they are smaller?
Anyway, tampering with this planet need not confer any special status. Maybe the intelligence tampers with everything. Maybe it tweaks other objects in the universe much more than this one.
and if it's so intelligent, why didn't it do a better job of it?
Maybe it's doing a magnificent job. Maybe the experiment is to grow bacteria in as many different habitats as possible and see what happens. You and I are two of the habitats.
Wow, that's the first time anyone has ever called me a poet. I'm flattered. :DThose who would sacrifice an essential liberty for a temporary security will lose both, and deserve neither. -- Benjamin Franklin