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  •  Instead of "Intelligent Design"... (4.00)
    ...might I suggest "irrelevant design?"  

    Because the simple and inconvenient fact is that science textbooks do not rule out the existence or non-existence of a god any more than does the owner's manual for my car.  In both cases, they simply do not offer an opinion on the subject.  Shall we conclude from this that Ford and General Motors are hotbeds of atheism?  (Perhaps we should -- it would explain why their cars are named after pagan deities...)

    Science, speaking broadly, concerns itself with processes and mechanisms.  It generally explains how and what, not who and why.  That is because conclusions about who and why are not replicable.  

    The assumption seems to be that by not acknowledging God, science therefore denies god.  To my mind, this says more about the weakness of faith of those who reach such a conclusion than it does about science.  

    •  Incompetent, inhumane design (none)
      Incompetent design: The disaster of the human back. Rear monkey-hands turned into feet with toes.

      Inhumane design: Loathsome parasites. Flesh-rotting bacteria.

      And, of course, "Which explanation do you believe -- God did it, or aliens did it?""

      •  ...and imitative design (none)
        Why are so many animal species so very similar?
        Why do humans and chimps have genes and bodies so very similar?
        Misleading, at best.
        Certainly not very creative.
        ID = incompetent, inhumane, imitative design.

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