The Form and Quality of the Evidence


Atheists and neo-Darwinists cling to the following as the basis of their brand of science:

naturalism “the idea or belief that only natural (as opposed to Supernatural or spiritual) laws and forces operate in the world; the idea or belief that nothing exists beyond the natural world.”

 

Richard Dawkins “Even if there were no actual evidence in favor of the Darwinian theory, we should still be justified in preferring it over all rival theories.”

Lawrence Krauss “The illusion of purpose and design is perhaps the most pervasive illusion about nature that science has to confront on a daily basis. Everywhere we look, it appears that the world was designed so that we could flourish.”

Richard Lewontin“ It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.”

This belief results in the following sorts of evidence to explain life on this Earth, but the rejection of any rival theories or explanations:

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Referenced from TalkOrigins.org

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Lucy

Referenced from TalkOrigins.org

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And likewise the evolution of reptiles to birds.
Referenced from TalkOrigins.org

Then there is the close to 100 year effort to study the evolution of the fruit fly resulting in the (still) fly on the right. :

Perhaps this is part of that overwhelming mountain of evidence I keep hearing about.

TalkOrigins is a site to which I was referred to by  a commenter at the National Center for Science Education for the overwhelming evidence of evolution. NCSE is a political lobby group whose mission is to keep the naturalism view of science firmly entrenched in the American education system. And of course, they are quite critical of any other view of science, in particular intelligent design.  Many in this organization appear to be unabashed atheists.

What you may see in the form and quality of the evidence above is “the appearance of evolution” or the “illusion of evolution”  to paraphrase prominent neo-Darwinians such as Jerry Coyne and Richard Dawkins.

And this is the evidence that is claimed to prove evolution as fact as much as gravity is known to be fact.

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Now lets take a look at intelligent design and the evidence for design we all see in nature.

Intelligent design refers to a scientific research program as well as a community of scientists, philosophers and other scholars who seek evidence of design in nature. The theory of intelligent design holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection. Through the study and analysis of a system’s components, a design theorist is able to determine whether various natural structures are the product of chance, natural law, intelligent design, or some combination thereof. Such research is conducted by observing the types of information produced when intelligent agents act. Scientists then seek to find objects which have those same types of informational properties which we commonly know come from intelligence. Intelligent design has applied these scientific methods to detect design in irreducibly complex biological structures, the complex and specified information content in DNA, the life-sustaining physical architecture of the universe, and the geologically rapid origin of biological diversity in the fossil record during the Cambrian explosion approximately 530 million years ago.

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The eye

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The ear

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The balance system

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The Cardiovascular System

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The brain

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The Kidney

And all of these, and more,  are actual systems … actual designs and together form the system you and I occupy in our everyday lives. These are not “illusions of design’ or “the appearance of design” but are actual designs that can be studied prodded, poked, and to some extent even fixed when they go awry.

And these systems of systems  culminates in things such as this

Jackie Evancho -To Believe

And this amazing bird, the OSPREY

Don Johnson —  September 2013

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3 responses to “The Form and Quality of the Evidence

  1. Ron Vander Griend

    Don – check out Rick Oliver of “Confound the wise ministries”. You can find him at http://www.confoundthewise.org I went to one of his recent lectures and had some time to spend with him.

  2. Thanks to AYearningForPublius for posting this link in the Huffington Post evolution article comments section. Maybe a just a few of the brainwashed masses will benefit by reading these two sites.
    I refuse to join HP cause they appear to force a link to my FB page and I don’t want to show them that kind of support.

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