posted on Aug, 12 2009 @ 09:13 AM
reply to post by Astyanax
I find it infinitely humorous to note that, in the strictest sense, I am a creationist and thus apply to the OP's request. I believe there is a god
who acted as the first mover, and while we can explain the creation by naturalistic methods which remove magic and miracles from the equation -
there's nothing (yet) to say that these naturalistic systems aren't HOW such a being creates. There is no conflict. Though, I do think that if my
beliefs are correct, such a god being is not omnipotent or omnicient as most religions proclaim.
Thus, a system such a being set in motion may have operate under pre-determined rules of interaction - but the outcome is emergent and inherently
unknowable. We, ourselves, create simplistic versions of such systems via the use of Evolutionary Algorithms. We develop the algorithm's code
character by character, we know exactly how it works, yet we cannot predict with certainly exactly what novel designs that algorithm will generate.
What's sad is that I, as a creationist, often find myself correcting atheists and agnostics who claim to understand evolution but don't really have
the slightest clue what it actually states. What they think it is, is wrong, and it ends up being every bit as fictitious as the "6,000 year old
Earth" lunacy. And I'm not talking about nitpicking finer details... I mean... we all make mistakes and carry misconceptions. But if you're going
to convince a creationist that Evolution really does happen and we can prove it... I would hope that one could at least keep away from "survival of
the fittest", "De-Evolution", or mistaking humans for a higher life form than others.
(Because we're not. We're just very highly specialized for cognitive tasks and fine motor coordination. Yet even the lowly turkey has us whooped at
flight adaptations. It all depends on your criteria for gauging the importance of adaptations, which is subjective and personal. Your subjective
analysis of their importance might change up a bit if you find yourself in an airliner nosediving into a rocky shoreline)