Purpose and design (Evolution)

by dhw, Wednesday, May 03, 2017, 12:56 (203 days ago) @ David Turell

dhw: Why do you compare purpose and emotion? Emotion can be a spur to purpose. Boredom and loneliness can motivate a mind to invent something whose purpose is to relieve such feelings. Why is that unreasonable?

DAVID: Not unreasonable. Just human reasoning about a non-human person.

dhw: You can say the same about every single hypothesis concerning God – and you are as human as I am. At least you accept that my hypothesis is reasonable. I can see nothing reasonable in the hypothesis that your God’s one and only purpose was to create humans, and therefore he designed the weaverbird’s nest in order to provide energy to keep life going because he had decided to “take his time” before designing the only thing he wanted to design.

DAVID: Humans are the unreasonable result of creation. That is my prime point.

You dismiss speculation about God’s purpose and nature on the grounds that this is just “human reasoning” about a non-human, as if your own dogmatic assertions concerning his one and only purpose were not your own human reasoning. The fact that humans, like life itself, appeared against all the odds does not provide a reasonable explanation for your God designing the weaverbird’s nest "in order to provide energy" etc. as quoted above.


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