Friday, August 19, 2005

Intelligent Design



The Intelligent Design argument is sometimes put forward by many creationalists (creationalists are ppl who belive that God 'created' this world) to support the existence of God. The main argument goes like "A universe cannot comeout of itself from nothing, and there has to be a creator for everything present. Its then natural that universe too should have a creator. Not to say all this requires the cause to be intelligent"

But there are many gaps between the theory of Intelligent design, with a Intelligent creator(lets call it IC) and the concept of God according to Sematic religions(lets call this COGS)

1. In the context of Intellgent Cause(IC), it can be either be personal or impersonal. But in the case of Concept of God according to Sematic religions(COGS), the God is a personal God.

ie., not only exists a COGS, but he has a history, he has a will, he has certain preferences. He created the world at some time, he plans to destroy it at some time; he sends different prophets from time to time etc etc. So COGS is not just there, but is 'personal' in nature.

But the IC does not require the God to be personal. It can be impersonal as well. Like a fire may burn a house. Here the cause is there, the effect is there. But the fire does not think "I have to burn this, so I will do so".

Even if the IC is personal in nature, it still does not establish the relationship between the claimed history about COGS and what may be of IC. For example the IC may be a completely different person, who created this world in another time, with other persons, and is not willing to send any messengers, and is enjoying the show. M_a_y be. Proving right of IC does not automatically prove that it is the same IC that created Adam etc etc.

So the IC does not necessarily endorse COGS.

2. Now coming to the other argument that "every existing object must have a creator", or put in other words "every effect must have a cause"

Should every existing object have a creator.

If Yes then God can be the creator of this Universe. But then God is also existing, so God too requires a creator. So the question props up "who created God?"

If No, and say God does not need a creator, then we agree that for something to exist there is no need of a creator. So the universe too does not need a creator.

Either way you end up proving the redundancy of a creator God.


3. The other arguments which go with it are "see how wonderful the world is; is has to be the work of a genius"

But here again we are limiting our area of judgement to a very limited area. When we look at the universe, most of it is choas. Millions of stars destroyed, millions created; many colliding etc etc. It is but natural that in a universe that vast, there will be a corner which is relatioevely safe is where intelligent life has been possible. But even this compared to the cosmological time scales is nothing, and will not last forever. So it can be equally attributed to matter of chance as to an "intelligent being".

1 Comments:

Blogger Antarananda said...

Words from my Master seem relevant in this context:

"The Universe, what we call the Brahmanda, the macrocosm, is apparent chaos. On the other hand the individual body, what we call pindanda, the microcosm, is apparently all orderly.

Energy in the universe is chaotic. Energy is each atom is chaotic. In that chaos there is order. Chaos is energetic always; orderliness is dull. When we break an order we are thrilled; we radiate joy; we exude energy. Dancing without rules is joyful; regulated dancing may be pleasing to those who watch, but not joyful to those who perform.

Chaos with order is the Cosmic intelligence. The stars and planets move in order seemingly with no regulatory authority. The universe is not just power; it is power + intelligence, it is energy. This is what the Buddha meant when he said that the universe creates universes.

As part of this universe, we are part of its potential and part of its chaos and order. When we try and gain control of ourselves and others, we violate this cosmic order.

We try to maintain order because we believe we have boundaries. Let us go of boundaries, then our need for order will disappear; joy will appear. When the cosmic consciousness within is realized, one discovers the order that is inherent within."

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