[lit-ideas] small addendum to Matrix as philosophy

  • From: Paul Stone <pas@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2004 10:46:03 -0500

>If you were a Machine Master of the Universe, this would be a child's
>elementary school science project on the lines of those "volcanoes" kids
>make out of papier mache.
>That would explain a lot.

I was watching a discovery channel program the other night (CSI was in a 
commercial) and they were talking about how the human ear works. It got me 
thinking about the whole design vs. evolution argument. In "Darwin's Black 
Box" Michael Behe argues quite eloquently for a 'biochemical challenge to 
evolution' and in the process, describes the incredible complexity of 
things in nature that 'must have been designed'. Watching this little 
program on the ear got me thinking that yes, the auditory complex of the 
modern mammal DOES look like it was designed. But not by GOD. It looks like 
it was designed by a 4 teams of engineers who got together AFTER they did 
their individual modules. If we WERE designed by a superpowerful thing, why 
did he make things so complicated? Why not just make us BE!!! This is the 
+PRIMARY+ objection I have to "intelligent design". It just doesn't seem 
too intelligent. The ingenuity is marvelous, but most of that ingenuity is 
to correct for the bad initial design (like in real life engineering 
projects) which have too much invested in them to scrap. The R&D and things 
that are kept in make us work really looks to me like blind chance.

Any comments?


Paul Stone
Kingsville, ON, Canada 

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