This topic is not about belief in god: I would like to know, from a materialist point of view, why should richard dawkins react that way about the geologist, since saying that what he did was (choose your word) wrong, bad, not good, implies a metaphysical truth, something wich he denies.
I would like to know the opinions of members on the philosophical points the article makes
Posting pictures in posts is truly ridiculous, but considering the post I was responding to, it was worth it. It was an irrelevant post.
As for "proving" that we are designed, what do you feel is more rational: Design is something that we humanity created, we do it, we design, nothing else designs. OR, design appeared here because the potential for it already existed beyond our realm and we manifest it in our creations, but we are a creation ourselves?
The very fact that there is DNA, a information storage system (and who knows what else) shows us there is a design. What's the first thing a person does before designing a house? The plans. Or a painting? The sketch. Etc. But did we create this idea? Did we come up with the idea of planning a sketch before creation, or is this something that was already present millions of years ago (information stored in dna forms creature)?
There was something dawkins did, he scrambled a phrase in a random letter generator, and left it on random for some time, until the phrase rearanged itself again, random. This was an example of he wanting to prove that things can come out of randomness.
OK dawkins, but what about this: The phrase was already created before, by you. It took intelligence. It took a system (letters and reading). It took intelligence to interpret that. It took a whole hyper-complex system (computer and software) to make the experiment. It took an even greater system (human intelligence) to interpret it. etc.
There's more: How the hell are people going to say intelligence exists only in humans? If the thing that made us exist (be it god or whatever materialists believe) is not exactly human? Saying that intelligence, curiosity, etc. came about only in humanity is to deny that the lower comes from the higher.