Just to be clear - I've no time for any religious nonsense so when the other day, some guy stops me in the street and thrusts a leaflet
about intelligent design into my face I took the opportunity to respond.
The guy drew my attention to an article showing how more efficient an energy saving light bulb is compared to a conventional one.
The article then went on to declare that firefly light is even more efficient and thus cited this as a justification of intelligent design.
There is no point putting forward a reasoned scientific argument to these people as they are too far gone to be objective but I thought I'd try
to use the argument against itself by pointing out the incredible variety of species of living things can be considered [ in 'design' speak ] as prototypes.
My point was that if the designer was that intelligent, why so many prototypes? Surely this signifies a poor design process ?
I also pointed out to this guy that he was standing there alone accosting folks on the street because people of a scientific persuasion do not need
to promote their ideas in this way as they are self evident, stand up for themselves and don't need to be 'pushed' onto people.
Advocates of intelligent design do the equivalent of dismantling[ for example ] a modern communications satellite and declaring it too sophisitcated and complex to have just appeared - which indeed it did not. Like everything else, satellites started out as much simpler devices. The Russian Sputnik was basically a metal sphere with some aerials sticking out of it that made a 'Beep beep' noise that could be picked up on radio. Sputnik wasn't actually of any use other than being the first prototype. So why dismantle the flagellant system found in some microscopic bacteria and declare it the work of God? It just doesn't make any sense.
My fervent hope is that the 21st Century is viewed in history as a period of enlightement where human kind shook off the obscuring shroud of religion and all the pain, suffering and atrocity that it wreaked upon the world