Science vs. "Intelligent" Design

Granted ID is bullshit, but I do have one question for the debaters on each side… Isn’t evolution a theory on how life changes not on its origins.

The origin of life remains very much a mystery, but biochemists have learned about how primitive nucleic acids, amino acids and other building blocks of life could have formed and organized themselves into self-replicating, self-sustaining units, laying the foundation for cellular biochemistry. Astrochemical analyses hint that quantities of these compounds might have originated in space and fallen to earth in comets, a scenario that may solve the problem of how those constituents arose under the conditions that prevailed when our planet was young.

Creationists sometimes try to invalidate all of evolution by pointing to science’s current inability to explain the origin of life. But even if life on earth turned out to have a nonevolutionary origin (for instance, if aliens introduced the first cells billions of years ago), evolution since then would be robustly confirmed by countless microevolutionary and macroevolutionary studies. (SciAm)

Doesn’t this current state of ignorance about the origins of life give room for creationist? Couldn’t the intelligent designer have designed an original life form (i.e. “self-replicating, self-sustaining units, laying the foundation for cellular biochemistry”) and placed it on the earth? Given He is all powerful and all knowing, He could have given the original life form the attributes that would allow life to evolve to its current, complex state.

Not that I believe any of this nonsense, but it does seem possible for the ID’ers and scientists to coexist in this fashion.

Also, a note to the defenders of evolution: there’s a fine line between legit criticism of evolution and wacko/nut job criticism. I think your tone in this debate turns off lay-people because in attacking the latter, you appear to be attacking the former. It feels like you’re making evolution sacrosanct, impervious to criticism. Let us peer into your world. Show us how you investigate inconsistencies or vagaries in the theory. Instruct us on how one thinks critically about evolution. Please don’t lecture us about how wrong ID’ers are and how they are whack-jobs. We know this. Instead, show us the beauty of your subject and in the light of its beauty, the crazy talk will become self-evident.

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