Intelligent Design???

Three studies at Boston University found that even among atheists, the “knee jerk” reaction to natural phenomenon is the belief that they’re purposefully designed by some intelligence …

The findings “suggest that there is a deeply rooted natural tendency to view nature as designed” …

… in the researchers’ words, “religious non-belief is cognitively effortful.”

… non-religious participants “increasingly defaulted to understanding natural phenomena as purposefully made” when “they did not have time to censor their thinking,” wrote the researchers.

These are snippets from this article. Thoughts?

(More on the subject here.)

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10 thoughts on “Intelligent Design???

  1. Our basic instinct may be to see a creator or design in things because we create and design things. However, education and understanding of the universe through the rational eyes of the scientific method show us that our basic instincts about many things are often wrong, and even unhealthy. We have to go counter to these instincts many times in order to make ourselves and the world wiser and better. My first reaction when I see a pizza is to eat the whole damn thing. This doesn’t mean it’s right or good to eat the whole thing. The uneducated first reaction of someone when they see a sunrise might be to think someone or something made it and is in control of it. That doesn’t mean there is, and to leave it at just that, that something is controlling the sun rise, is to give up on learning about what is really going on. This is what religion does. It assumes all answers that need asking are answered with, “The Creator did it and is in charge.” Such thinking is as unhealthy to us as a species as eating a whole pizza is to me every time I see one. Learning is hard. Counter intuitive even. But it’s necessary if we are to survive and advance as a species and as individuals.

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  2. At this juncture, I think that we’re only at the tip of the iceberg as far as understanding why humans use language which suggests divine agency. It’s similar to saying we’re hard-wired to find explanations.

    Are we actually hard-wired for it though? What if it’s a product of how our neuro-pathways form? Or, what if it’s learned through some other means?

    Another problem I saw with the study is that it looked at language use. On occasion, I will say things like, “Dear God” and “Jesus Christ.” It’s not because I’m supplicating them; it is because I have trained myself to utter those phrases when confronted with stupidity.

    Finally, even if the studies are accurate, and they could very well be, it shows an underlying fault in human beings’ assumptions. What that illustrates is how it’s an uphill climb to get away from beliefs that prey upon such cognitive predilections.

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  3. We also thought the makers were pixies, elves, spirits, etc. It is hard wired into our brains to see causes and effects. But I think that there is some confusion about religious beliefs. First they were bullshit explanations, they only became religious when we were living in such large groups that it became important for the bullshit artists to coordinate so they wouldn’t always be in conflict.

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  4. If there is a creator then we could ask why is the universe so big?

    If God sent his only son to die on our earth then this would imply that there is no other saved life elsewhere in the universe. Given the number of possible planets is incredibly large then it seems case of over engineering. Is that intelligent design?

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