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Apr 11, 2007

Intelligent Design & Vestigial Organs


Topic :-Vestigial organs not necessarily proof of evolution for Darwin

I would postulate that it is possible to have a vestigial organ [ananatomical structure in organisms in a species, thought to have lost its original function through evolution] without the process of evolution. Let me illustrate this idea using an analogy drawn from popular computer software.

Assuming, I have a reasonable amount of storage space on my computer hard disk, if I first create an unformmated document using Microsoft(MS) Word, and then a second MS Word document that I format very rigorously, I do so because I consider MS Word software to be the best option for my purposes, as opposed to using, say, the less sophisticated Notepad software, where little formatting of documents is possible.

Now, if you argue that there is a vestigial structure to the first MS Word document (the capacity - in this case, unused - for formatting)and that this only became functional in the second document,ultimately concluding that the first document evolved from the second document, you would be incorrect, since I am the creator of both documents.

Similarly, I would argue that vestigial organs do not necessarily confirm evolution; they only point to what tools - improvable overtime - the creator used while making the species. This same principle is seen even in electronic gadgets today.

Most probably, such an explanation did not occur to Darwin given that, in his time, there were no common tools to carry out varied, complex,seemingly disconnected jobs. So he concluded that unless a creator planned to mislead us, vestigial organs should not have existed

It is tendency of creators of to make some useful common tools, which can be used to carry out multiple jobs (or to make machines). so by virtue of this common tools (if tools get fitted into machines), vestigenesity will come up.



15 comments:

  1. As a man of science I assume that you would accept that any scientific theory is open to revision or even rejection when a better explanation comes along. But even if the Darwin's entire thesis was wrong it is just too lazy too cite god as the explanation, so keep looking.

    The other problem with god is his unfortunate association with religion. All religions exploit man’s insecurity, ignorance and readiness to believe in myth and superstition, each one claims to be the word of god when clearly they can’t all be.

    Believe in a creator if you must, but please condemn religion as a fraud.

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  2. Dear Graham C Davis
    I am very happy see your valuable comment, Thanks for that
    You have rightly pointed out, it is bad luck for intelligent designer (may be God) to get associated with religion, so this concept has stigma of religion, which becomes unacceptable to most scientist.
    So many people do not like read such articles & pass them just like that or make fun of such articles.
    I believe that it is possible to prove the existence of intelligent designer one day, not sit lazily

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  3. your argument is flawed Dr. If your god is perfect it would not need to revise it's creations.
    In fact complexity and dead ends proove that the natural world bubmbles along,

    Frith Picanso

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  4. Rather than trying to respond to your entire article, which I enjoyed reading, I would like to discuss the nipple issue. I think better than explaining the male nipple as a leftover of intelligently designed mammals, it is demonstration that all mammals start out as, essentially, female. The proto-ovaries develop into testes and descend in males among all the other sex characteristics. But this all occurs after the basic blueprint of the bodily form has been mapped out, nipples included.

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