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If you put a ball in a pachinko machine and drop it, then don't watch the results, later you can see that it landed in one of the slots at the bottom. What caused it to arrive in that slot? Gravity, as well as the physics of mass and collisions of solid objects. Can you prove that it followed one path and not another? No. Does that mean gravity is an invalid theory? No. Does the lack of a complete snapshot record of the ball's path mean the system requires an intelligent puller to work? No.

good analogy ...IMO

probability of the ball being in any particular slot --small.
probability of any particular path --unbearably tiny.

but once the ball is going ...the force of natural selection will force the ball to follow SOME path and end up in SOME slot.

the Theist still gets to ask, 'how did the ball get released?' 'how did the machine get built?'

..but it *seems* the IDist wants to say there's 'intelligence' guiding the ball as it falls, making sure it ends up in One Particular slot ... which ,of course, makes perfect sense theologically.

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