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Intelligent Design
    #2185800 - 12/17/03 06:48 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

Just wondering how you guys feel about the subject. This concept seems to come up more and more in my field of work now-a-days. A conference that I attended over the weekend had many discussions over the topic... some of the scientists were very convincing. I find it very odd that something so objective would dominate a subjective scientiffic conference.

The concept is hard to accept it as a scientist, but it's pretty hard to discard. A few of my colleuges totally adhear to the concept and they are pretty persuasive in trying to get me to buy into it. I've read many scientific journals and abstracts on it (mostly dealing with mathematical statistics and patterns of DNA)... But there's just something about it that I don't want to grasps and adhear to. Just seems to me like some of the scientific community got together and decided because they couldn't explain how certain things just work by chance, they used a "higher power" as their scape goat. Not that I don't beileve in a higher power... but it's sort of hard to be objective when I've spent the last 8 years of my life seeking subjective biological truths.

Perhaps there's really only so much we can learn about something before we just have to admitt that explaination defies rational scientiffic solutions.


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Re: Intelligent Design [Re: djd586]
    #2185823 - 12/17/03 06:54 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

I always thought intelligent design was a form of resignation. It's an idea for people who couldn't handle creationism or evolution. It also is a term that has potential to affirm it's consequence.

Life created by a god would have intelligent and complex design. Since human design is intelligent and complex, god created them.


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Re: Intelligent Design [Re: SpecialEd]
    #2185855 - 12/17/03 07:08 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

Intelligent design in the biological community refers to if there's is information and the information adhears to some sort of recognizable pattern, that that info and pattern cannot be due to random chance but rather the creation of something intelligent.


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Re: Intelligent Design [Re: djd586]
    #2185875 - 12/17/03 07:15 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

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if there's is information and the information adhears to some sort of pattern




I think it's wrong to think of dna coding as information. It is just the combination of four chemicals and it's result is achieved through cause and effect. Things can occur because of cause and effect with no intelligent creator.


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Re: Intelligent Design [Re: SpecialEd]
    #2185918 - 12/17/03 07:32 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

I agree with things being able to occur without cause or effect... remember, I'm not trying to supprt the concept.

DNA is information though. Tons of information. But I believe it's a compound of evolution. I am a biologist by profession and not one of my collegues would disagree that DNA is not an informational component.


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Re: Intelligent Design [Re: djd586]
    #2185933 - 12/17/03 07:39 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

>think it's wrong to think of dna coding as information. It is just the combination of four chemicals and it's result is achieved through cause and effect. Things can occur because of cause and effect with no intelligent creator


Well Dna is just a mathamaticle program that happens to be able to evolve its self.
And as the nubers get bigger more complex life forms are formed. Just think every time DNA replicates its self there are very very small changes, these eventuialy start to become more dominante as they are passed on.


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Re: Intelligent Design [Re: djd586]
    #2186108 - 12/17/03 08:45 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

ok I'm only in college now, but really does it need to even be said? Most of the time in physics (i know this isn't biology but physics has patterns too) we really aren't even concerned about if it happens by chance or not.  we have initial conditions and we have equations and when the inital conditions are put into the equation (along with a bit of manipulation :wink:) we should find whatever we are trying to find.

It's like wasted breath. for instance, why potential energy goes into kinetic energy when an object moves is far beyond for me to say.  i know it's the conservation law of energy, but who am I to say that energy in=energy out was created by "god" or a higher power.

look, they have to convince you, which doesn't necessarily mean proof.

because of the fact that the "think" they know what IS should show you how much they don't really know.


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Re: Intelligent Design [Re: djd586]
    #2186111 - 12/17/03 08:45 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

DJD, I just want to make sure I'm clear on what you're saying...

Are you saying that when the scientific community can't explain something using physical evidence or logic or something like that, it uses God or "magic" or a "higher power" to explain it?


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Re: Intelligent Design [Re: Frog]
    #2186160 - 12/17/03 09:01 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

sounds a bit like to me the 16th centuary to me if you cant explaine blaim it on a god. But i would of thought that the scientific comunity would think that there is no god only things that cant be explained yet.


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Re: Intelligent Design [Re: EvilGir]
    #2186190 - 12/17/03 09:12 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

"sounds a bit like to me the 16th centuary to me if you cant explaine blaim it on a god. But i would of thought that the scientific comunity would think that there is no god only things that cant be explained yet. "

no, I mean there are, but there's so many people now.  it really shouldn't be the focus when they are doing work because it doesn't matter, as far as work goes.  science is to some people the way to see how complex god really is, and such, and so on....we've heard it before :smile:


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Re: Intelligent Design [Re: djd586]
    #2186663 - 12/18/03 12:18 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

Maybe it is matter and energy itself that has intelligence. The very fact that matter and energy obey strict laws shows some form of "intelligent design". This doesn't necessarily have to be from a source separate from the matter/energy.


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Re: Intelligent Design [Re: ]
    #2186738 - 12/18/03 01:07 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

I think it's called "magical thinking", of which I am guilty, when things happen that don't seem to have an explanation grounded in logic.


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Re: Intelligent Design [Re: Frog]
    #2186751 - 12/18/03 01:24 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

Quote:

Frog said:
DJD, I just want to make sure I'm clear on what you're saying...

Are you saying that when the scientific community can't explain something using physical evidence or logic or something like that, it uses God or "magic" or a "higher power" to explain it?




No, I'm saying when subjective truths can't be reached, objective answers are sought.


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Re: Intelligent Design [Re: djd586]
    #2186758 - 12/18/03 01:30 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

Oh.


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Re: Intelligent Design [Re: djd586]
    #2187074 - 12/18/03 05:18 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

Well, I know our languages didn't form by random..

Its a strange thing to think about. When you think of trees, and the complex systems that keep them alive, and when you think of the oxygen/carbon exchange.... I mean, how did these systems come to be like this?

At one time it was so very simple, and one electron moved one way, and like this movement created a reaction from something else, some sort of interplay, and things went from there...

I mean, we create music, and it is intelligent design.. And what about computer code? It used to be combinations of on and off, plus and minus. Now look at it. (after previewing this post, I would like to add that I believe it is a possibillity to trace all of these complex computer languages back to the simple "on and off" code... shouldn't it be possible to trace life back to its most basic.. um, don't know what word to use... essence, or something? *shrugs*)

Of course, music, languages, they were gradually created by us, we basically evolved them... But what about ourselves? How can things evolve into what we have now without some sort of order?

I mean, you take a hundred different musicians, without any sort of training and education, put them in a room, and you aren't really going to get much for beautiful symphonies. Some sort of order has to be established first, a way of communicating (musical notation), and so on...

Is it a possibillity that things just evolved on their own, from some sort of simple state? I mean, if it was some sort of simple system, what eventually caused it to start growing, branching out? Its like taking a seed and putting it into the soil... doesn't there have to be some original spark of life? Some sort of catalyst to cause change?

Hehe, sorry, I'm basically just thinking, this isn't really something I have really thought about like this before...

I guess I'll end by saying that we all know that all of these systems on Earth, they are all interconnected... everything here is one. There is so much interaction between everything here, it is really a mesh network, everything connected to everything... sort of like mycelium. You can think of the way a factory is set up, the way your brain is set up, the way your lungs are set up, the way that a tree's roots are set up....

Think of the way the things that we actually have been around enough to see change have changed... like our network of communication. It used to be messengers. Then telegraph, radio and telephone, now computers and mobile phones... think of the way things are built nowadays, the network of factories, buying parts from other factories... it all used to be some guys in a shop bending metals and women at home knitting. No marketing division, no production and no management...

Life seems to be the spark that makes some simple system, uncapable of any real function, branch out and evolve, becoming a tree.... (hhm, "tree of life" :grin:). What it all comes down to what this spark is. Some sort of intelligent entities gift? I don't know if we will ever know, but we can look at the nature of this system and how it is branching out, building connections within itself, and we can look at the similarities between different parts of the main system, and we can sort of see that we are suspossed to keep changing, keep reaching out, further and further, into the unknown....

Hehe, sorry for being all crazy, I'm not too well versed in science and everything.... just some thoughts to think on, I guess, as they were the thoughts I was thinking on. :grin: Ever think about some new subject and type at the same time? Sort of like exploring.  :nut:
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Re: Intelligent Design [Re: fireworks_god]
    #2187244 - 12/18/03 07:29 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

"cannot be due to random chance"

I think this phrase about sums up the problem with the intelligent design hypothesis. There is an assumption that because evidence is lacking, evidence does not exist. These two things are very different in reality. For instance...Prior to Einstein, there were small errors in the calculated orbits of some celestial bodies, and they were unexplainable because the majority of bodies moved according to the theory's predictions. These were extremely small, but over time they accumulated to a point where we could see that the working theories were insufficient to explain everything that we had observed. Then along came Einstein with a much more powerful theory of gravitation and his predictions matched the observations. A mystery was cleared up without the need for God or intelligent design. All that was needed was a sharper mind and a little time.

It's the same thing with evolution. Just because we haven't yet found a complete workable theory of evolution is NO reason at all to assume that one does not exist. And to me, that's what intelligent design is...just another religiously motivated stopgap to fill in temporary voids in our knowledge because people desperately need to pretend that they know everything, even if that "everything" needs revising on a constant basis.


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Re: Intelligent Design [Re: Shizpow]
    #2187248 - 12/18/03 07:34 AM (12 years, 11 months ago)

Man, you had me worried that it was me that said "cannot be due to random chance", because I was sure I didn't say such. :grin:
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Re: Intelligent Design [Re: Shizpow]
    #2187781 - 12/18/03 01:50 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

The concept of Intelligent Design has nothing really to do with evoulution. Intelligent densign accepts evolution and needs evloulution. In a way, they both blance themselves out on a scale. Intelligent Design is just an objective way of looking at DNA. We know a lot about genetics... we've come leaps and bounds in the last 15 years alone. We have working theories on how most processes work on the genomic level and we don't really question the science behind it all because on the most part we have subjective answers. It's not a question if there is or isn't evoultion. Evolution does exist. Evolution isn't a master plan from a higher power. Evolution isn't a genetic goal of DNA. Evolution just happens... by complete random chance. Many scientist have just come to a certain point... They say to themselves... "Ok, we know that there's DNA... Ok, we know there is evolution. We know how DNA and evolution ultimatly works. But where and how did this DNA just randomly come together?" From there, the science of genetics has branched off into two schools of thought. A subjective view of primative DNA formation, and a objective view that DNA was created by some sort of intelligence.

Now since this new school of thought has emerged, even though it is an objective search, many scientist have use subjective means to answer this objective question. Ultimatly it comes to a point where science is seaching for a proof of a higher power... not necessarialy God, but something that had the intelligence to create DNA.

I cannot also not state this enough. As of right now, I do not support Intelligent Design scientiffically. I just find it very interesting that many of the people in the scientiffic community have taken so readily to the concept.


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Re: Intelligent Design [Re: djd586]
    #2187789 - 12/18/03 02:02 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

I heard from a friend who read some paper than the chances that our dna is as effecient as it is is about the chance of a tornado putting together an airplane..  it makes sense, but I suppose in an infinite universe, somewhere, some tornado is putting together an airplane. :wink: :smile:


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Re: Intelligent Design [Re: djd586]
    #2187797 - 12/18/03 02:10 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

How come no one talks of unintelligent design?

1. The inability to scratch one's own back. I want more flexible arms.

2. Hanging the male gentials outside the body where they can get frequently banged about AND putting an enormous concentration of pain receptors there just to remind males of this flawed design.

3. Making a baby's head too big just to cause excrutiating pain to women during child birth.

4. Most of the human race has some spinal problems. A decent human mechanical engineer could have done much better.

5. No body protection from the elements. Where is our fur coat? Our armor?

6. Appendix, baldness, genetic defects, disease... Wah! Wah!

7. What about the avocado? Why is the pit so f***ing big? Need I really continue...?  :rolleyes:


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