Aug 31, 2013

Amazing Quotes from Dawkins on "Design"

Recently an atheist launched this ad hominem attack on me as we were discussing Design vs. Darwinism: "Vocab is operating under a massive set of cognitive biases and his level of intellectual honesty is severely lacking (on this particular issue). He has started with a desired conclusion, and he will do anything to make it 'appear' to fit -- which is exactly backwards from how science actually works."

My response: "If that's what your psychoanalysis and that's what you're into, then it would be futile for me to answer back to you. But I wonder if the other side is more guilty of your aforementioned charges? Examples from Dawkins:

from The Blind Watchmaker
"Biology is the study of complex things that appear to have been designed for a purpose" p 1

"All appearances to the contrary, the only watchmaker in nature is the blind forces of physics, albeit deployed in a very special way." p 5

"We have seen that living things are too improbable and too beautifully 'designed' to have come into existence by chance. How, then, did they come into existence? The answer, Darwin's answer, is by gradual, step-by-step transformations from simple beginnings, from primordial entities sufficiently simple to have come into existence by chance." p 43

"Darwinism is the only known theory that is in principle capable of explaining certain aspects of life... even if there were no actual evidence in favor of the Darwinian theory." p 287-288

"The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity. Even if the evidence did not favor it, it would still be the best theory available!" p 317

from Climbing Mount Improbable
"Designed objects look designed, so much so that some people- probably, alas, most people - think that they are designed. These people are wrong..." p 4-5

"Nobody knows how it happened but, somehow, without violating the laws of physics and chemistry, a molecule arose that just happened to have the property of self-copying - a replicator" p 282-3

For some more excerpts from Dawkins on this, go here to this link

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