PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
PieterPan
 
Comments: 49
Article views: 666
 
 
Latest Badges:


 
View all PieterPan's badges.
 

Against Intelligent Design...

08 January 2013, 10:31

It’s easy to see why so many people are tempted to believe in “intelligent” design. Who can argue with the idea that everything in nature just seems to magnificent and complex and it all seems to fit together so amazingly. But that is exactly the problem; it all SEEMS to fit together like some cosmic jigsaw. The truth is that if we looked at the natural world and ourselves more objectively, we would see that things are clearly not as well designed as we first assume.

Take that supposedly complex organ the human eye as an example. Irreducible complexity is an argument often used by creationists with the eye being their ideal illustration. But this love of using the eye as an example of irreducible complexity betrays the source of their arguments and assumptions. The reason they quote the eye as opposed to any other organ in the body is because they are relying on their own eyes to draw the conclusion that our world and surroundings are well designed rather than their intellect. Why do they never quote the ear as a complex organ? I would in fact argue that the ear is a lot more complex than the eye. Consisting of an outer canal, an eardrum, three tiny bones to convey vibrations, the cochlea with its many tiny hairs and connected nerve endings.

My point is that if one were to look at the eye objectively, one would find that it is not in fact very well designed. The optic nerve cuts directly through the retina creating a blind spot. We are practically blind at night. Our nose is in the way and the only reason we don’t “see” it is because it is being filtered out by the brain. We can’t see behind us so are vulnerable to a surprise attack. Our field of vision is very narrow as our peripheral vision is often out of focus. The light we are able to see fits into a very narrow part of the light spectrum. These are all simple examples of features where the human eye comes up short. I am not implying that it isn’t a complex organ or that it fails at its purpose, I merely aim to point out that an intelligent designer might have made a few more adjustments before releasing the final product.

What of the rest of the human body? Well if one were simply to look at the human body and all it is capable of, again, it would be easy enough to be fooled into thinking that it is a well-designed machine.  After all, there are so many things that it can do well. But is it really that well designed? What of the fact that it is so fragile. We manage so very easily to injure ourselves with a simple fall. A fall in an awkward position can lead to broken bones, concussions or paralyses. It wasn’t made to travel at any great speed since impact at high speed can rupture our organs among other things. This seems odd as an intelligent designer would surely have taken our penchant for hasty travel into consideration? Our brains are situated at the top of our body making it one of our most exposed organs. It is housed in a piece of bone that can again be damaged by a simple fall. If I were designing the human body I might have found some way to stick the brain in a less exposed area, maybe in the same place as the rest of our vital organs, behind the rib cage. For many of us our mouths are too small for all the teeth that it will need to house. Almost all animals and plants synthesize their own vitamin C, but humans cannot because the gene for this enzyme is defective.

One of my favorite arguments against intelligent design I first heard from Neil DeGrasse Tyson (not sure if it really is his argument). But he posits that the positioning of our sexual organs is kind of like putting an amusement park beside a sewage plant. This is not very hygienic. And speaking of sexual organs, human reproduction is extremely dangerous. The only reason so many mothers and babies no longer die during child birth is thanks to modern science and medicine.

Another argument he makes is the fact that the pipe we breathe through and the one we eat through both have the same opening causing us to choke all too easily. What kind of intelligent designer would do such a thing unless he wants us to die? Then we haven’t even gotten to all the ways in which we can get sick or injured.

If one takes a quick look around nature as well you can find many examples of design choices that simply make no sense. The reason we have to put down horses when they are injured, for example, is because they cannot lie down too long or blood flow will become impeded leading to organ failure. There is a species of frog (or maybe it’s a toad) that cannot distinguish between the male and female of its own species so at mating time will simply leap onto the closest neighbor it can find. What about the species of frog in which the male makes a high frequency mating call that the female of the species simply cannot hear. Why do flightless birds such as chickens have wings? The mudskipper is a fish that has to have a bubble of air in their gills to help them breathe underwater, and can only breathe above water if its moist. The blind mole rat has two eyes. There are entire ecosystems that are reliant on a single species for its continued existence. Remove these key species and the whole ecosystem collapses.

I should probably have started with this, but a design is only good if it is also functional and the design suits the function. But in order for something to be considered functional, one must know the function. So what is the function of a human being? We are certainly very ambitious creatures and therein lies the rub. Our bodies are certainly not designed to endure the strains that our ambitions place upon it, even ignoring all the physical frailties, stressful situations can cause both psychological and physical damage. So for what purpose was this frail human body designed and how has the designer made his design intelligently?

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
49 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Irvin Whitecomb
Why are our fuel prices so high?

Can someone please explain why the petrol price is so high if the price of oil has dropped by over half of what it cost. Read more...

16 comments 2220 views
Submitted by
Prenisha Naidoo
I will be proactive...

This letter is in response to articles on the death of baby Jamie Naidoo, We have the tendency to be reactive…we wait for something to happen, then suddenly we care, writes a News24 User. Read more...

0 comments 126 views
Submitted by
Christelle Delport
Transcendence

I recently watched the movie, Transcendence, and I once again realized how far people will go to deny or destroy that what they don’t understand. Read more...

18 comments 1062 views
Submitted by
Nunu
Ban Hunting Now!

This is far too emotional an issue, it should be dealt with realistically. There are risks to conservation if hunting is banned ... like it or not. Read more...

18 comments 1746 views
Submitted by
Brian Faul
The reality of a failed state

Hook line and sinker. That about sums it up for South Africa. We have been caught by the oldest trick in the book.  Read more...

7 comments 569 views
Submitted by
Andre Joubert
The Groenewald family I know

 Read more...

17 comments 422 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.