Thursday, March 25, 2010
I found this here and it is a very good response to people who use the argument from design, or complexity, or god of the gaps etc. to try and explain that which they do not understand - goddit!
Just because you can't understand how is not a good reason to think some supernatural puppetmaster had to do it
Now this goes hand in hand with another cartoon I liked over at Friendly Atheist regarding the Teloelogical Argument (see blow). A friend and I were just chatting about this the other day. Just because you don't understand something, and it seems too complicated so therefore someone must have designed it all is a horrible argument. Arthur C. Clarke once said that "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" and the same holds true for nature for many people (i.e., we don't understand every part yet, so therefore godidit) which is absurd. The secondary part which is another topic altogether is the point that EVERY sect of christianity or any religion for that matter, is a minority opinion (i.e., there are thousands of other sects that believe differently and think you are completely wrong), yet all think they are right and have the exact same reasons to support their own conclusions. They all use the same scriptures more or less (interpreted differently for no good reason), some form "personal experiences" or divine revelation etc.... But for some reason they all think believing in something kinda like the same god/christ/whatever is enough to band together under some commonality.... I think a lot of "them" should just read up on group selection and game theory or evolutionary stable strategies etc.,..... but then again many wouldn't take the time or understand it anyway.