I’m not sure that I can do atheists any longer. The last straw came when two atheists tried to say that intelligence was not required for complex design.
First, PZ Myers, idiot extra ordinaire showed a clip of a pile of drift wood lying on a beach as his refutation of the intelligence > design idea. He even compared the pile of sticks to a human cell and said, in effect, “See? God is not necessary for design.” Terribly sad, that one.
This was closely followed by an atheist who said that a can of paint thrown against a wall could create beautiful design and required no intelligence to bring this about.
Beside not having anything to do with the type of design spoken of in the fine tuning of the universe, to say that paint splashed against a wall was design without intelligence missed an important point.
I tried to show this by saying that the can of paint did not throw itself.
The atheist’s response was that it did not require any intelligence greater than the can of paint itself to throw the paint at the wall.
I asked if he thought that perhaps another can of paint threw the first can of paint.
The atheist, whose mind must have been almost completely starved for oxygen allowed that “an arm threw the paint.”
How desperate must one be to avoid the obvious, to even imagine that such a thing could pass for a sufficient explanation? Even if a machine had been invented to throw the can of paint at the wall, an intelligence would have been required to build the machine.
The fact is, intelligence IS required for both design and for information. We find design in the formation of the universe (without it the universe would not exist). And we find the need for intelligently designed information to be in place for one cell to reproduce or replicate itself.
Atheists, the same people who tell anyone who will listen that they only rely on the results of repeatable, observable, verifiable information, in the very next breath uphold their atheism with pure speculation. As an example, this same atheist said that he did indeed believe in eternal matter and the infinite regress of cause.
To openly ignore and / or deny accepted facts of science in order to preserve the absurd, illogical and incoherent concept of atheism leads to comments so profoundly stupid that I’m not sure I can continue commenting to the replies that I receive. My need to talk may override my weariness but seriously, how much can one person be expected to endure?
Of course I’ll continue to blog but as to answering comments - mmm, I don’t know. I’ll have to think about it.