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Vexen Crabtree (vexen) wrote,
@ 2007-02-25 01:02:00
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    Current mood:happy

    Unintelligent Design
    Doing a new page, started it with: Evolution: Unintelligent Design, by Vexen Crabtree (2007):

    Our evolution, to our present state, is like other animals a path of many misadventures. What was once useful and an advantage, at later times can become a nuisance. These wrong-turns vary from the interesting to the deadly. For example, professors Bear, Connors and Paradiso in their book "Neuroscience" (1996) explain that the hypothalamus evolved to give us goose pimples when we are cold and call it "a futile attempt to fluff up your nonexistent fur - a reflexive remnant from our hairier ancestors"1. Prof. Richard Dawkins, the foremost evolutionary biologist, supples a few more serious examples:

    Many of our human ailments, from lower back to hernias, prolapsed uteruses and our susceptibility to sinus infections, result directly from the fact that we now walk upright with a body that was shaped over hundreds of millions of years to walk on all fours.

    "The God Delusion" by Prof. Richard Dawkins, p134

    Another symptom of the blindfolded nature of evolution is the presence of masses of unused and out-of-use genes; results of mutations and changes that have rendered them useless and ignored by our bodies. Junk. My favourite phrase to describe all of this waste, inefficiency and bad design is one I picked up from Paul Kurtz in the Skeptical Inquirer:

    The existence of vestigal organs in many species, including the human species, is hardly evidence for design; for they have no discernable function. And the extinction of millions of species on the planet is perhaps evidence for unintelligent design.

    Paul Kurtz (2006)2



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