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Nigel,

God made it all.

Creationism.

That's proselytizing, and that is what ID does.

This is what ID does:

http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Intelligent_design...

Intelligent design (ID) is the view that it is possible to infer from empirical evidence 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" [1] Intelligent design cannot be inferred from complexity alone, since complex patterns often happen by chance. ID focuses on just those sorts of complex patterns that in human experience are produced by a mind that conceives and executes a plan.

You equate ID with Creationism based on an a-priori assumption that it is not possible to detect intelligent design using scientific methods. That is your point of view. It is a mind block which does not allow any investigation into an a-posteriori possibility that empirical evidence can infer that some features occuring in nature can be best explained by an intelligent cause. If you shut out the possibility that such a thing can occur, saying it is creationism, you are not open to investigating an a-posteriori possibility. You simply take an a-priori view and close your mind to what would be a scientific view that is possible to experience. The root cause of this closed-minded approach is a religious attitude that no intelligent cause could exist, which lends credence to the a-priori view. On the other hand, being open to the possibility of an intelligent cause lends credence to an a-posteriori view that it may be possible to scientifically detect, and therefore experience, something that infers an intelligent cause.

Science is supposed to be open-minded. There is no place in science for a-priori viewpoints. Science is at its best when it is experienced, not when it is shut down by a mind block that prevents an investigation into whether one can experience something in the natural world and only see the natural world through polarized lenses, polarized to ones viewpoint.

Your answer, that the ID viewpoint uses ID polarized lenses, is the closed-minded view because it is based on an assumption that it is impossible to detect a creator using science, when in fact ID is only attempting to use science, not to find a creator, but merely to find empirical evidence that some lifeform or feature of the universe is best explained by an intelligent cause.

It doesn't mean to say, accept the creator. It means to say, at least look at the ideas and experiments with an open mind. It will never happen if you reject every possibility of an intelligent cause. You cannot say, first show me the creator, and then I might have an open mind about it. You have to say, this is the alternative to materialistic evolution and in order to be scientific, you have to give it a try.

JMHO

Paul
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