I suspect those of you in the US may already be familiar with this term and its meaning, I was not. I use the word intelligent in parentheses because it seems extremely misplaced in this argument.

This is the attempt at a scientific form of creationism, to say that genetics is so intricate as to have had to have been manufacured by some other force, ie there being always method in the madness. I’ve heard some horse shit in my time but this seems to be up there in the Top 10, I mean it’s like saying well here we are in the 21st century, how about we scrap all that we have actually learnt and go back to what we were told in the 15th century. If it was all so perfect and pre-planned, why would there be so many anomalies? Furthermore if God says without faith I am nothing and intelligent design proves that things cannot be random then God has proven that he exists and therefore he cannot exist. (Pardon to Douglas Adams for shamelessly stealing his logic here)

Listen I know that it is hard to take that there is no ‘Grand Plan’ no ‘Scheme of Things’ but the fact is that there doesn’t have to be and it is gross blinkered arrogance of humans to believe there does. It is also a complete abdication of the responsibility of making things right in the world now. The whole “well, you’ll get your reward in heaven” idea is supposed to be some universal panacea for why it’s all shit at the moment. Sorry, not only do I not buy that but I think that it is this idea that is responsible for the perpetuation of the inequalities between the classes in the same country. Religion is not responsible for all the ills in the world, the trouble is it often exacerbates it and rarely in the developed world does anything to stop it.

The fundamentalist religious right so prevalent in the US is one of the most dangerous and reactionary movements of our time, far far more so than it’s fundamentalist islamic counterpart. It is this establishment, or its historical equivalent that denied scientific progress for so long, Galileo, Einstein, Darwin etc. It is astonishing to think that they would make the same mistakes now as they did then, and they are doing just that with this rejection of the theory of Evolution. It worries me greatly that this whole movement is not just confined to the US Bible bashing bigots but sanction has been given to Creationist schools in this country as well, I mean what the fuck is going on did I fall asleep and wake up in 1685?!

I just know there is some berk in Texas building an ark right now saying “Get yo’ things together Mary-Beth and grab lil Cleetus and Becky-May it’s lahk Noah ahl over agayin and Gahd has chosen urs to be the sayvyours.” “Better bring mah gun too in case any dem critters need a-shootin.”

It always amused me that so many humans have this view of heaven as being like a white fluffy version of Earth and yet are there ever any animals in it and what about aliens, or for that matter microbes, bacteria etc? Now if the latter types are there then it wouldn’t necessarily be so good after all now would it? Humans haven’t really thought this through very much now have they? Ah but people say, we are the only beings here with sentience so heaven will be for us. Of course this is speculative not to mention highly questionable as our ability to actually study the degree of sentience of another animal is fairly limited and we know really that there is every likelihood that other animals have some degree of it. Dolphins being but one example.

The problem for the human race is that we are currently the big fish in a small pond, however we are now aware that there is a larger pond out there, but we think that we are still the biggest fish in it. This means we have a vastly over-inflated idea of our own importance. It might perhaps do us good to come across some technologically advanced alien species just to take us down a peg or two, the trouble is that Billy-Bob and Mary-Beth and their kind would only want to shoot the aliens in a pre-emptive strike, more out of fear than anything else. If I were an alien observing this planet I would think that I didn’t want to go anywhere near it at present as our level of intellect simply isn’t up to it, and whilst lunatic ideas such as Intelligent Design do the rounds that situation is unlikely to improve for a while.

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Original Comments:

Mark Ellott made this comment,
Intelligent design isn’t…intelligent, that is. My mother in law showed me a book written by the father of one of her pupils about this garbage. Full of circular arguments and non-secuiturs, it wasn’t worth the paper it was written on. An attempt by the scientifically illiterate religious fundamentalists to foist their goatherd mythology onto the rest of us dressed up as some kind of pseudo-science. It makes my blood boil.
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comment added :: 3rd May 2005, 09:45 GMT+01
A visitor made this comment,
To quote that great ‘born again Christian’ George Bush when he was asked about ‘creationism’….”the jury is still out on this one”… 45% of Americans are said to believe this crap and that sure scares the shit out of me.

[Redbaron responds – Proves atheism to me mate, no omnipotent being could ever have countenanced the creation of anything quite as retrogressive as that idiot!]

comment added :: 3rd May 2005, 17:25 GMT+01
Mark Ellott made this comment,
Now that made me smile – GWB; the proof that God doesn’t exist. Even better than Douglas Adams. Nice one.
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comment added :: 3rd May 2005, 21:35 GMT+01
A visitor made this comment,
“Intelligent design” was the quasi-PC answer to “God created the earth.” Can’t say “God” in public schools, so they went with that, as if anyone would be fooled. Fucking morons. There is no intelligent response to be made to such utter idiocy. And what’s more, schools are bowing to the pressure. I don’t know about individual teachers, but it’s absolutely insane. So sorry I left that game.

comment added :: 4th May 2005, 03:52 GMT+01
marcusf made this comment,
“intelligent design,” if we are the product of it George Bush is not the best example of it.
comment added :: 3rd August 2005, 04:09 GMT+01