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To: adorno
"What are you talking about when you say "it's not doing"? Evolution or intelligent design?"

That would be ID.

If some designer were intelligently molding species to fit their changing niches, it (the designer) is a miserable failure since the vast majority of species that have ever lived are currently extinct.

On the other hand that is exactly what you would expect from evolution/natural selection. If a a species fails to adapt to a changing environment it goes extinct, which just leaves a hole that gets filled by the first species that can survive there.
27 posted on 12/19/2005 5:22:02 PM PST by ndt
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To: ndt
If some designer were intelligently molding species to fit their changing niches, it (the designer) is a miserable failure since the vast majority of species that have ever lived are currently extinct.

Extinction might also be part of the design. In place of the extinct species, you will most likely find a better or improved species. Extinction and dying are all part of the design. Species improvement or redesign might all be part of the plan of an intelligent designer. At the same time, environment design (via the Designer) enters the picture where a species needs to establish itself and prosper.

On the other hand that is exactly what you would expect from evolution/natural selection. If a a species fails to adapt to a changing environment it goes extinct, which just leaves a hole that gets filled by the first species that can survive there.

Evolution/natural selection are terms used by scientists to try to explain observations. Those observations might be explained just as well by insertion of an Intelligent Designer. Intelligent design, which we humans may someday be capable of doing ourselves, could explain a whole lot better the natural selection and observations that scientists keep trying to explain away with "evolution".

Believe me, I have come full-circle in my beliefs. Brought up Catholic, became sciientifically minded from college on and even became an agnostic, some would even say atheist. Deep critical thinking, not faith, has made me re-think my "evolution" and anti-God beliefs. My mind is still evolving and so are my beliefs.
29 posted on 12/19/2005 6:38:17 PM PST by adorno
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