Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Richard Dawkins: Why There Almost Certainly Is No God

There's some superb reasoning here, but I'd like to see someone do a more detailed takedown of the classic arguments for the existence of God. For instance, the teleological argument, or the argument from design, says that complex things in our world are designed, we are complex, therefore we were designed. But that first assumption's a doozy (not to mention begging the question). In fact, simplicity is much more often a sign of design. Think tree branch vs. wedge. I've never seen anything as simple as a wedge just show up in nature. Natural things are all fractally and complex and stuff. Sure, human beings are gradually learning how to design more and more complex things, but we're nowhere close to being able to design something as complicated as even a flatworm.

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