Re: Evidence for "Big Bang Theory"

John Wilkins (
Thu, 11 May 1995 16:57:56 +1000

In article <3on0r9$>, carl@SOL1.GPS.CALTECH.EDU wrote:
: Note: Though the above analogy is closer to how evolution works than is the
: standard fundamentalist bullshit originally posted, it's not strictly
: analogous: Both analogies implicitly assume you've got a final design
: from the outset. That's not the case with evolution; it's just another straw
: man thrown in by fundies whose primary source of information about
evolution is
: the ICR.

Perhaps the purposive element might be avoided if the box have Rolex
shaped holes in it's base, and before that, Rolex-part shaped holes. It's
pretty easy to see that "random" sorting can fill a lot of holes with
objects the right shape.

Douglas Adams once made a nice comment about a puddle of water that saw
how well it fit it's hole, and inferred from that the existence of a
holemaker and that the hole had been dug to suit it. Teleologies seems to
result from this sort of inverted reasoning.

John "Chris" Wilkins, Assoc. Prof. of Recent Runes, Uni of Ediacara
Also: Head of Communication Services, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
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