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Incompetent design?

| Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005

There are some difficulties about accepting the "intelligent design" idea of evolution ( "Consciousness: The intelligent designer," Oct. 25 and TribLIVE.com).

Would an all-knowing deity utilizing evolution as a method of creation be so sloppy that he ended up with humans who have genetic propensities to be colorblind, deaf and affected with diabetes, hemophilia and dozens of other innate, inherited flaws, including an inclination toward alcoholism and depression?

The human tendencies to develop foot and lower-back problems demonstrate that we as a species are not physically perfect for bipedal motion.

If humans were really created by God using intelligent design evolution, I'd expect a bit more refinement in design. I'd also expect the elimination of wisdom teeth and the appendix, and giving birth to human babies to be much simpler, quicker and less dangerous to human mothers.

My arguments against intelligent design are also arguments against creation by a special act of God -- unless God possesses a whimsical and somewhat perverse sense of humor.

Joseph Forbes
South Side

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