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You're being obtuse...ID does not assume that whatever intelligence (if any) was involved in biology is still here on earth at the scene of the "crime". Such an agent may have only been active millions, even billions of years ago.

Those doing legitimate science in these areas face the same difficulty of "it was a long time ago". Yet IDists constantly criticise researchers in abiogenesis and evolution for the lack of details, even though the details presented in existing theories are orders of magnitude greater than that proposed by ID.

Why don't IDists hold their proposal to the same exacting demands they hold evolution?

A double standard perhaps?

Sure, there could be a double standard here. The purpose of ID's criticism of lack of details in OOL studies seems to be to "wedge" the door open to an ID explanation.

I'm afraid we're locked in a stalemate on this issue . . . OOL forever lacking the details of how it all got started by natural processes, and ID forever unable to give the slightest scientific evidence of what agent could have done it.

Science will certainly be able to create life in the lab eventually, probably in our lifetimes. It will at least demonstrate how an intelligent agent could have done it, wouldn't it? And assuming science can't demonstrate how it happened by natural processes, until such explanation is forthcoming it would leave ID as the better explanation to many of us.

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