Saturday, October 15, 2005

Test Scores

If test scores in the US are any indication, people are getting stupider. This is contrary to all laws of evolution, and physics and biology and macro-economics too. As we get stupider, this will disprove evolution for once and for all, and provide evidence for Intelligent Design theories. That is - dumb children, lousy test-takers, bad teachers, disinterested parents, idiotic school boards and low performances are all proof of god.


Anonymous ChronoFish said...

From my blog (

Why ID is Bad for Christians

Intelligent Design, the idea that life is too complex to have come about naturally and therefore must have been helped along by an “intelligent designer” aka “God” is very bad for Christians. The problem is that the design is not perfect. No part of life is perfect.

Oh don’t get me wrong, it works well. Infact it’s been extreamly successful as you and I are a testament to. But it’s far from perfect. The very mechanism that allows reproduction to be successful, also is responsible for tremendous missery and grief.

The fact is that DNA does not copy accurately 100% of the time. Infact it’s extreamly predictable statistically speaking that a given number of genes will mutate from generation to generation. Of course on an individual basis it’s about as random as the lottery.

Even when dealing with trisomies - where an entire extra chromosome containing thousands of genes gets copied - the rate of conception is predictable - about 20%. Birth rates of course very depending on environmental factors and age of the mother, but again extreamly predictable when looking at a population as a whole. The chances of having a child born with trisomy (like Down Syndrome or Edwards Syndrome) are 1 in 100 for a mother in her mid to late 30’s (yes I’m intimate with the statitics).

From a “designers” point of view you don’t expect your design to generate perfect reproductions each time - you have tollerences. But surely the ID crowd is not insinuating that God is “tollerant” of a less than perfect design?

This is the rub. Copying genetic material is the very basis of reproduction - the basis of life. And it’s not perfect. Therefore the design is not perfect. If you say that God is behind the “intelligent design” you are saying that God is not perfect - which goes against the very definition of what “God” is.

On the flip side from the Evolution Theory point of view, these predictable (yet random on an individual level) mutations are the very drive that allows populations of species to adapt to changing environments.

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