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Now offer an alternative theory, I suppose it would be "supernaturalism", and demonstrate how this resolves the anomalies.

Not if it is the ID paradigm. ID does not propose a supernatural theory.

I suspect though that most people will compare the pace of scientific advances during the supernatural period with that of the modern natural phase and opt for the latter.


No, I think instead the pace of scientific advances is due to the decline in pirates.

Technology advanced under both paradigms. What do you consider the supernatural period?

A larger problem is that ID as it is described by Behe doesn't provide explanations for the questions science finds interesting (e.g., the mechanism for how flagella came to be). So I don't see it as being a very attractive alternative to the existing paradigms. You would think that a new paradigm should provide better explanations or at least new explanations, rather than no explanations. But hey, maybe I'm being picky.


You're operating under the common misconception that ID replaces evolution in an "all-or-nothing" exchange. Since an ID explanation of biological diversity includes concepts like common descent, mutations, natural selection, etc., it is readily apparent that its not that simple.

A third problem is that even if the science community becomes convinced of the credibility of ID, I suspect the most likely paradigm shift will be to panspermia.

Why is this a problem for ID? ID requires intelligence, not divinity. This is exactly the answer Dembski gives when people charge ID with requiring a supernatural designer. It could be space aliens.

Bryan
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