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Sunday, August 14, 2005

Intelligent Design too intelligent for intellectuals

By Aussiegirl

There's a fascinating article in the August 12th The American Thinker on the fear that intellectuals have about the idea of intelligent design. It's well worth reading.

No group is more opposed to the idea of intellect behind nature than "intellectuals." The absence of intelligence in the universe -- save the intelligence they find abundantly in themselves and search for eagerly in space -- is a Darwinian fable that brings powerful comfort to intellectuals[...]
Intellectual history since the Enlightenment suggests the reason: intellectuals do not want God to displace man as the measure of all things.


At 9:09 AM, Blogger Michael Morrison said...

One of the oldest known aphorisms pops up every generation or so in much the same form, but in different languages: "No idea is so stupid that some intellectual won't endorse it."
Its first appearance that I know of was about 300 B.C.
Related is a comment made by Barry Goldwater in about A.D. 1964: Liberals accused him of simplism. Liberals, he said, want complexity; conservatives want answers.

At 11:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This article is ridiculous. The real reason that intellectuals (ie: intelligent people) reject "intelligent design" as an explanation for the existence of the universe and intelligent life therein is that it doesn't EXPLAIN anything, it simply replaces one mystery with another, namely: Where did this powerful and ultra-wise intelligent designer come from? Atheists have been politely making this devastating point for at least 200 years without response, and for the author to pretend to be unaware of this is intellectual dishonesty (or ignorance, take your pick) of the first order. Thank you for reminding me why I am proud to be an intellectual.


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