|"Rev Dr" Lenny Flank
Joined: Feb. 2005
Hey there, Dr Hunter.
For YEARS now, I have been asking a few simple questions of every DI-ite I've run into. For some odd reason, no one ever wants to ANSWER them (your pal Sal Cordova ran from them shrieking in terror).
Perhaps you would be so kind . . . . .?
(1) what is the scientific theory of intelligent design and how can we test it using the scientific method?
I do *NOT* want you to respond with a long laundry list of (mostly inaccurate) criticisms of evolutionary biology. They are completely irrelevant to a scientific theory of intelligent design. I want to see the scientific alternative that you are proposing---- the one you want taught in public school science classes, the one that intelligent design "theorists" testified under oath in Kansas and Pennsylvania is SCIENCE and is NOT based on religious doctrine. Let's assume for the purposes of
this discussion that evolutionary biology is indeed absolutely completely totally irretrievable unalterably irrevocably 100% dead wrong. Fine. Show me your scientific alternative. Show me how your scientific theory explains things better than evolutionary biology does. Let's see this superior "science" of yours.
What did the designer do, specifically. When did it do whatever you think it did. What mechanisms did it use to do whatever the heck you think it did, and where can we see these mechanisms operating today?
If your, uh, "scientific theory" isn't able to answer any of these questions yet, then please feel free to tell me how you propose to scientifically answer them. What experiments or tests can we perform, in principle, to answer these questions.
(2) IDers complain a lot about science's "materialism". What, precisely, about “evolution” is any more “materialistic” than, say, weather forecasting or accident investigation or medicine. Please be as specific as possible.
I have never, in all my life, ever heard any weather forecaster mention “god” or "divine will” or any “supernatural” anything, at all. Ever. Does this mean, in your view, that weather forecasting is ?
I have yet, in all my 46 years of living, to ever hear any accident investigator declare solemnly at the scene of an airplane crash, “We can’t explain how it happened, so an Unknown Intelligent Being must have dunnit.” I have never yet heard an accident investigator say that “this crash has no materialistic causes — it must have been the Will of Allah”. Does this mean, in your view, that accident investigation is atheistic?
How about medicine. When you get sick, do you ask your doctor to abandon his “materialistic biases” and to investigate possible “supernatural” or “non-materialistic” causes for your disease? Or do you ask your doctor to cure your naturalistic materialistic diseases by using naturalistic materialistic antibiotics to kill your naturalistic materialistic germs?
Since it seems to me as if weather forecasting, accident investigation, and medicine are every bit, in every sense,just as utterly completely totally absolutely one-thousand-percent “materialistic” as evolutionary biology is, why, specifically, is it just evolutionary biology that gets your panties all in a bunch? Why aren’t you and your fellow Wedge-ites out there fighting the good fight against godless materialistic naturalistic weather forecasting, or medicine, or accident investigation?
Or does that all come LATER, as part of, uh, “renewing our culture” … . . ?
(3) Do you repudiate the extremist Reconstructionist views of the primary funder of the Center for (the Renewal of) Science and Culture, Howard Ahmanson? If so, why do you keep taking his money anyway?
Thanks in advance for not answering any of my questions.
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