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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Theistic evolutionism

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Anonymous Jim Sherwood said...

O.K., this is the comic-strip misrepresentation of ID theory: God must have been the intelligence, species must have been "poofed" into existence, etc.

For a better look at ID theory, consider that Alfred Russel Wallace was really the first intelligent design theorist. His last book (1914) was entitled The World of Life: A Manifestation of Creative Power, Directive Mind and Ultimate Purpose.

Wallace was the great field biologist who helped to devise "Darwinism" in the first place. So textbooks generally credit him as co-proposer of that theory.

But Wallace soon began to change his ideas, concluding that along with chance and natural selection, intelligence plays a designing role in evolution.

Darwin was horrified. "I hope you have not murdered too completely your own and my child," he wrote to his friend and co-worker.

In Chapter XIV, Wallace described the intelligent design of the wing of the bird, for instance:

"Looking at it as a whole, the bird's wing seems to me to be, of all the mere mechanical organs of any living thing, that which most clearly implies the working out of a preconceived design in a new and apparently most complex and difficult manner, yet so as to produce a marvellously successful result. The idea worked out was..."

Wallace didn't believe that the intelligence involved was God. In his conclusion he held that it involved "infinite grades of power..infinite grades of influence of higher beings upon lower...myriads of such intelligences." He did go rather too far by attempting to identify the intelligence(s) as necessarily spiritual rather than naturally-arising, without any evidence.

But anyway Judge John E. Jones decision would evidently ban Wallace from public school science classes. And he was the "co-proposer" of the very "Darwinism" that Jones imposed by edict.

Friday, March 02, 2007 4:00:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

Jim Sherwood said...

>>>>> O.K., this is the comic-strip misrepresentation of ID theory: God must have been the intelligence, species must have been "poofed" into existence, etc. <<<<<

I don't think that it was intended to be either a good representation or a misrepresentation of ID -- I think it was just intended to be a joke. To me, the cartoon is partly a humorous explanation of bad design, which is a frequent criticism of ID. I like cartoons that can be interpreted in different ways -- another example is here.

>>>>> But anyway Judge John E. Jones decision would evidently ban Wallace from public school science classes. <<<<<<

Judge Jones would ban his own grandma from public school science classes.

Friday, March 02, 2007 8:34:00 PM  

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