The Lack of Intelligence in Intelligent Design: Many Flaws
Why would a perfect God create moths, mosquitos and parasitic worms, not to mention an ecosystem in which nearly all zebras and gazelles die by strangulation from big cats?
The fact that the “design” is chock-full of errors supports the theory of evolution. I’m not an atheist. I just happen to believe that evolution and Jesus Christ can both exist.
The Intelligent Design Model Is Full of Flaws
The evolutionary process is a far better explanation for all the things that go wrong in nature than is intelligent design.
For instance, what master designer would make it so that just about every zebra, impala and gazelle eventually get strangled to death by lions, leopards and cheetahs?
Yes, big cats need to eat, but a master designer would certainly know how to make this possible without the violent deaths of herbivores (e.g., never design carnivores!). If grass can sustain bison, buffalo and elephants, why not a lion?
One notable blunder in the “design” is that the natural lifespan of our beloved dogs is one-fifth that of humans. What a raw deal.
Assuming that God created the universe according to the intelligent design model (six days) vs. the evolutionary model (four billion years), here is the big question:
Why are there so many errors in nature?
The “design” is infiltrated with flies, mosquitoes, gnats, spiders, cockroaches, termites and billions of other pests that infect and frighten people, destroy homes and crops, create major nuisances and even cause death.
- Every two minutes a child dies from malaria.
- Every year there are 200 million new cases worldwide.
- Malaria is caused by a mosquito bite infecting a person with the Plasmodium parasite.
- Why would God willfully create Plasmodium and mosquitos?
Proponents of intelligent design might argue that pests are the food source for birds, and that deadly microbes are the designer’s way of punishing humans for being so evil, even though many babies and young kids die worldwide. Why aren’t these deadly microbes dropping all the imprisoned serial killers instead?
Examples of Botched Intelligent Design
The Ease at Which Humans Can Procreate
The “design” makes it way too easy for humans to reproduce, thus creating millions of starving, suffering and dying children, and millions more unwanted and neglected babies who were unplanned for.
Even though a woman is “fertile” only a few times each month -- this, in combination with a man’s ability to produce hundreds of millions of sperm per day, means that humans easily multiply far beyond their capacity to take proper care of themselves.
The intelligent design model would have the precise balance of fertility and sperm production to keep the human species alive without overpopulation.
For instance, maybe fertility would be limited in people with violent behavior, sociopathy and drug addiction. And loving, non-violent people would enjoy more fertility. But how would such a brilliant mechanism work? Certainly, a master designer could figure it out – IF there were a master designer.
Physical Design of Men and Women
Men, as a general rule, are much physically stronger than women. This makes it so easy for them to inflict violence against them.
It’s tempting to cast this off as the product of “original sin” rather than a mistake in the intelligent design, but why should an elderly woman, who’s raped by her neighbor, have to pay for Adam’s disobedience?
A man disobeys a rule about eating fruit, and as a result, the entire human race from that point forward suffers? What kind of design is that?
A smart design of men and women would give them equal strength and size (not necessarily equal shape) so that one gender didn’t have physical dominion over the other. This would mean dramatically fewer rapes and abuse of women by men – though same-sex abuse would still occur.
Brain Cells Begin Dying After only Four Minutes without Oxygen
Why would an intelligent designer make it so that gashed skin and fractured bone can grow back so generously, but damaged brain (and spinal cord) cells can’t?
When the heart stops beating, the brain is deprived of oxygen. Why would the mastermind allow only a four-minute window during which CPR can fully restore brain function? Think of all the people who’ve died or were rendered in a permanent coma or vegetative state thanks to this lousy four-minute rule.
If brain (and heart) cells were designed to still be alive after half an hour of no oxygen, so many more people would have completely recovered from their hypoxic brain state.
Human Skull not Thick Enough
It’s so easy to sustain a traumatic brain injury via an impact to the head. Imagine the difference a much thicker skull would make to that man falling off the ladder or that woman whose head hits the windshield.
Though a thicker skull would require more surrounding musculature to support its weight, a master designer would have no problem creating the extra soft-tissue support.
All of the aforementioned mistakes point much more towards evolution than intelligent design. Evolution is based on random genetic mutations. Sometimes these mutations are bad, which would explain the high prevalence of genetic defects throughout the world.
Nevertheless, this isn’t to say that God could not have had some involvement along the way. He may have orchestrated the beginning of all things (“primordial soup”) but then decided to sit back and let the leaves fall where they may. Remember, it's possible that four billion years to God is the equivalent of a 30-minute sitcom to us.
Examples of True Intelligent Design
- Birds don’t need spiders and moths for food. They feed off leaves and grass.
- Leaves and grass grow back very quickly.
- Random genetic mutations that cause birth defects don’t exist.