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Why does one seem to be the more rational inference to some, while others go with another choice?

Because some believe that the evolution inference is supported by far more empirical data than the ID. And with respect to science, some believe that the evolution inference provides the clearest and most informative set of predictions that can be tested and used to generate more information and a better theory, while ID makes no prediction other than evolution is false.

Your implication that supporters of evolution are the only ones using evidence and reason to develop a worldview, while ID supporters fudge the facts to provide a placebo for their faith would be highly insulting to some people.

Don't mean to be insulting, just pointing out what seems to me fairly obvious. Those who believe they know the history of creation by Divine revelation will tend to accept information consistent with that truth and challenge information that is not. In contrast, those whose world view is largely determined empirically will tend to use new information to modify what they think is the truth.

I think history is on my side on this issue.
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