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Evidence for design disproves evolutionary mechanisms (Talk.Origins)

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This article (Evidence for design disproves evolutionary mechanisms (Talk.Origins)) is a response to a rebuttal of a creationist claim published by Talk.Origins Archive under the title Index to Creationist Claims.

Claim CI009:

"The Darwinian mechanism claims the power to transform a single organism . . . into the full diversity of life that we see both around us and in the fossil record. If intelligent design is correct, then the Darwinian mechanism of natural selection and random variation lacks that power" (Dembski 2001).

Source: Dembski, William A., 2001. Teaching intelligent design -- What happened when? A response to Eugenie Scott.


CreationWiki response: (Talk.Origins quotes in blue)

1. The claim is a non sequitur. Intelligent design says nothing at all about the Darwinian mechanism of evolution. Whether or not evolution lacks power must be decided by looking at evolution. If intelligent design is correct, it provides an alternative explanation, but it does not automatically falsify other alternatives.

Wrong! If Intelligent design is correct then the Darwinian mechanism of evolution would not have produced the full diversity of life that we see. Furthermore by concluding that life on Earth was intelligently designed, one is concluding that the Darwinian mechanism could not have produced this diversity, hence the claim is correct.

2. The Darwinian mechanism of natural selection is part of the normal design process. If designers were not able to abandon old designs in favor of better modified versions of the same design, then intelligent design would have very little power itself.

This argument is flawed because if the selection is done by an intelligent designer, it is not natural selection, but intelligent selection. It would be a form of selective breeding, not natural selection.

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