Daniel C. Dennett argues in this New York Times op-ed piece that intelligent design seems reasonable to a lot of Americans because they donâ€™t understand the concepts behind evolution. It is easy to discredit something that few average Americans really understand. He writes:
“Brilliant as the design of the eye is, it betrays its origin with a tell-tale flaw: the retina is inside out. . . . No intelligent designer would put such a clumsy arrangement in a camcorder, and this is just one of hundreds of accidents frozen in evolutionary history that confirm the mindlessness of the historical process.
“. . . Yes, eyes are for seeing, but these and all the other purposes in the natural world can be generated by processes that are themselves without purposes and without intelligence. This is hard to understand, but so is the idea that colored objects in the world are composed of atoms that are not themselves colored, and that heat is not made of tiny hot things.”
It would be nice if all Americans had to take a college-level physical anthropology course before deciding their views on evolution. It is difficult to argue with the theory of evolution when you understand how it works â€” and see evidence supporting it.
Posted by Melissa Cooley
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