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[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / F. Biology / 3. Evolution]

Full Idea

The originator of 'intelligent design' (the biochemist Michael Behe) takes every phenomenon whose evolutionary history has not yet been figured out, and chalks it up to design by default.

Gist of Idea

Intelligent Design says that every unexplained phenomenon must be design, by default


Steven Pinker (The Blank Slate [2002], Ch.7)

Book Reference

Pinker,Steven: 'The Blank Slate' [Penguin 2003], p.130

A Reaction

This seems to summarise the strategy very nicely. The theory essentially exploits the 'wow!' factor. The bigger the wow! the more likely it is that it was created by God. But research has been eroding our wows steadily for four hundred years.