You Need A Creator

When creationists would say When you see a painting, you know there is a painter. I thought they were just being Smart Alecs. It never dawned on me that they were actually having trouble conceiving of something as mindless as natural selection being able to create until I saw Daniel Dennett’s Daniel Dennett on Intelligent Design click to watch. I thought the problem was purely that evolution challenged religious beliefs.

I am a computer programmer. We computer programmers build tools that all by themselves through a variant of trial and error, create designs that get better and better over time, just the way evolution does. We call them genetic algorithms. So it never occurs to us to doubt that mindlessly stupid things can with sufficient patience create things much more complicated than themselves. It is an everyday occurrence in the computer world.

I don’t think creationists understand how patient, stupid and how slow evolution is. It has an estimated IQ (Intelligence Quotient) of 1. It takes hundreds of thousands of years of trial and error. When you think of how many animals breed each season, think how many trials that represents. Every time we see a virus evolve immunity to a drug, we have seen mindless evolutionary trial and error on a massive scale defeat the world’s best chemists.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)