Intelligent design (ID) is the pseudoscientific view that “certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection.
Natural selection is the gradual process by which heritable biological traits become either more or less common in a population as a function of the effect of inherited traits on the differential reproductive success of organisms interacting with their environment. It is a key mechanism of evolution.
What if there is a third option?
What if that option is unintelligent design? What if there is a God or an architect or whatever you decide to call it but that designer is flawed in some way? We hear all the time that we are created in God’s image, well if that is the case then there are a million things which can have gone wrong!
When we get to a certain age there is a very high probability that we will get some form of dementia, well what if God has very much the same thing? That would explain the duck-billed platypus, bats or the dodo for a start, I mean really, can that be intelligent design? Natural selection certainly doesn’t explain those misnomers either, what are those creatures?
There is also the option that God is not senile but just not too bright, if she is some kind of omnipitant being does that preclude stupidity, or even just a rather strange sense of humour? If the platypus is a joke then suddenly it kind of makes sense or if it was just a really bad idea then I buy into that! Everyone makes mistakes right!
Maybe there are an infinite number of universes made by an infinite number of Gods, then possibly one of them is just right? Is there a universe out there where I don’t have to avoid the Eurovision song contest because it simply never existed? What if there is a universe where polititians are the ones on minimum wage and kitchen porters get paid the big bucks because of the conditions they have to work in!
Let us allow for the idea that God exists but she just isn’t very good at her job, she obviously doesn’t have anyone checking the work done, there is no form of celestial quality control. Who would have given the human race that particular rubber stamp in that case?
So what about the dinosaurs then? Did she just get bored of them and wipe the slate clean to start again? In that case why did some of them get a reprieve, the crocodile for example? Frankly none of this makes sense unless God was a toddler at this point and quite literally threw her toys out of the pram!
Maybe God is simply one member of a race of super beings all of whom have thier own little universes in kind of the same way that we have model railways or scalextrix sets, in that case then maybe we have just been stuck in the spare room for millenia and no-one has been playing with us.
Who knows eh?