Skip to main content

Here is a question I have about intelligent design that I didn't see answered on the FAQ of your website http://www.creationism.org/

I am an architect, and I have some experience with designing things. I have for a long time wondered how creationists can call the design of the human body "intelligent". OK, I'll give you that eyeballs are pretty amazing, but there are serious flaws with how the human body is put together that really can be explained only by evolution, because they are so peculiar that not even a not-very-intelligent designer would have have put various human parts together so haphazardly.

For example, have you ever really thought about how bizarre and awkward it is to have sexual organs and the excretory organs in such close proximity? If I designed a house the way the human body were designed, the bedroom and the bathroom would be the same room. In fact, the bed would also be the toilet. It's disgusting and unsanitary and it can cause serious health problems (urinary tract infections come to mind).

As another example, and one that resonates personally with me because I am a woman, the "design" for pregnancy and childbirth is simply awful. Isn't there a better way to design women than to have, for the first 3,896 years of human existence, 1 in 7 women die in childbirth the first time they give birth (prior to the beginning of the twentieth century, back to 4004, when that kooky deity created everything there is for a mysterious reason known only to It)? You're telling me that the same deity who designed the eyeball couldn't think of a better way of getting an enormous baby out of a woman's abdomen? How about a zip lock closer like the ones on freezer bags? Or Velcro? The lowly kangaroo has a reproductive system I envy. Even with modern medical techniques, is it possible God really wants every woman who has undergone a vaginal birth to be unable to cough without peeing for the rest of her life?

Wouldn't an omnipotent and omniscient designer design a perfect body for humans, the pinnacle of Its creation? The implication of which is that mere humans should not be able to imagine a single improvement in form and/or function? And yet, although I'm an architect, not The Architect, even I can think of some obvious changes which would make life better. For example, if I had designed me, I'd have given myself a prehensile tail so that I could use to open the door when my arms are full of groceries, and I'd also be able to see on the infrared spectrum, so I could find the toilet in the dark.

And don't give me any of that "there's a mysterious reason we can't comprehend that we're so flawed". If you're coupling "intelligent" with "design", you have to judge the design on its intelligence, and accept reasonable criticism of said design. If you want to change the theory to "mysterious weird awful incomprehensible design", then I can't quibble with it, but "intelligent design"?

Give me a break, intelligent design my ass. And I mean that literally.

And don't get me started on the spine.

Originally posted to plumbobb on Sat Feb 16, 2008 at 02:17 PM PST.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site