Friday Musings: The Credible Versus The Incredible
|March 30, 2007||Posted by GilDodgen under Intelligent Design|
When considering design versus no design in both cosmology and biology, one thing seems strikingly obvious: The default position is backwards.
Concerning cosmology, the fine-tuning of the universe for life would appear to be prima facie evidence for design. One can either choose to believe (at least provisionally) that this is the case, based on some evidence, or one can choose to believe in an infinitude of hypothetical alternate universes, which are in principle undetectable, based on no evidence.
Concerning biology, complex information and information-processing systems, plus highly sophisticated, functionally integrated machinery, would appear to be prima facie evidence for design. One can either choose to believe (at least provisionally) that this is the case, based on some evidence, or one can choose to believe that life, its diversity, and its information, information-processing systems, and machinery arose spontaneously by purely materialistic means, based on no evidence, only speculation analogous to alternate-universe speculation. (Sorry, bacterial antibiotic resistance won’t do the trick.)
Thus, at least among many intellectual elites and others, the incredible is given precedence over the credible as the default position. How did we arrive at this curious state of affairs?