Comment on Intelligent Design – Science or Religion? by Oink.
@Emeritus: It sounds profound but what you’re trying to say isn’t obvious. Can you reword that? Please try again. Thanks
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Intelligent Design – Science or Religion?
Iâ€™ve wanted to insert a certain notion of mine about Intelligent Design that is far from the famous flagellum, the coagulation cascade, the irreducibility of DNA.
Nowâ€™s a good time to do it, while, as on an Alaskan cruise with all the passengers jostled together on one side of the ship ogling a gaggle of orcas, all the passengers of our good ship EduTru have roared over to another deck to like or dislike the Smartphone Four and bevy of hammerhead barristers thrashing and spouting out there in the treacherous Straits of Ethics.
What I wanted to say, if only to myself â€“- itâ€™s lonely over here! — is that, as homage to the consoling convenience and virtual reality of statistics complete with computer-generated T values or flip like-dislikes, it is to be granted that the odds, though pretty astronomical even by eonic terms, could allow a fluky random conflation of molecular apparatuses for the cascade of keratin extrusions to form a blue heronâ€™s lacy tail feathers. But there is no formula, no possible odds, odds just donâ€™t apply, reducible or irreducible, whipped, spun, scrambled or marinated in ChÃ¢teauneuf-du-Pape, that those feathers by random could turn out so simply — beautiful.
Ervâ€™s Odds could authorize the kinetics of the sundry atmospheric moieties to materialize as vapor of a certain pressure and instant formal configuration, with the sun happening to be at just the angle, focus, and intensity to fasciculate photoelecromagnetic wave forms of a predominance of frequencies from 400-550 THz. But Iâ€™m seeing backlit clouds, a rim of pure glow shouting against contentedly submissive violet velvet. Iâ€™m seeing translucent velvet violet vapor as homogenous as amber, that you canâ€™t feel but only see, merge indistinguishably into violet, vaporously translucent mountains that would kill you if they were an avalanche. Odds? Beyond odd.
So I agree: Intelligent Design should never be taught only in science class. It belongs also in Aesthetics 101.
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