posted on Dec, 6 2006 @ 07:58 AM
I will admit, for the record, that YEC is absolutely insane.
Real scientists believe that evolution and intelligent design need not be mutually exclusive. In fact, together with cosmology, the whole lifetime of
the universe can be mapped out. Evolution deals with microscopic structures, their formation, and improvement. Cosmology deals with macroscopic
structures in much the same way (really a lot of cosmology could be thought of as the theory of galactic evolution.) What intelligent design deals
with is the period before time and space - the whats-it-called before the big-bang. That is where the line between religion and science is blurred and
where cabals of amateur scientists spring forth claiming "its not science!"
What they fail to see is that many of the people researching into intelligent design are actually scientists and are actively trying to come up with
some falsifiable hypotheses. It is difficult because you are talking about a time before time existed and a place before places existed. It takes a
lot of mental gymnastics to even conceive of such a un-time-and-place let alone come up with a testable hypothesis!
Take gravity. For centuries, humans tried various ways to explain the damned force that made building those big stone monuments so difficult. There
were spirits keeping us down or maybe the earth was sticky. Whatever theory the ancients came up with were, by today’s standards, pseudoscience at
best or the realm of religion in some cases. The thing to remember is that everyone knew something was at work - that the earth sucked - but no one
Then along came Newton and his little cute hypothesis. What set it apart wasn't that he was able to prove it correct but that no one else was able to
disprove it. Then people began making conjectures based on his theory and they couldn't disprove those either. That is science.
People who try to apply Intelligent Design to organisms do themselves and the world a great disservice. Intelligent Design has nothing to do with such
little things like life. It deals with the universe itself and the origin of existence. What Intelligent Design is ultimately trying to prove is
simply that the universe is alive - that it is a thing and not a place.
[edit on 12.6.2006 by Voxel]