During a presentation, Neil deGrasse Tyson spent a few minutes explaining why intelligent design is not so intelligent at all.
While the world is beautiful and if you look for it, you can find intelligence and ingenuity everywhere, Tyson said, much of what we see could simply be designed better. The universe seems tailor made for life, but that’s only true for incredibly small parts of the universe. Ninety-nine percent or more of the Universe is not safe for life. He outlined a number of cosmic threats to life, including nearby supernova which destroy the ozone layer, the up coming collision with the Andromeda galaxy, that most places kill life instantly, and that the universe is on a one-way ticket to the cold oblivion of Heat Death.
He also mentioned how inefficient star formation is; only 3% of a gas cloud actually makes a star. Planetary orbits are also unstable; Earth’s orbit included. Asteroids, comets, and rogue planetoids turn the inner part of the solar system into a game of interplanetary billiards. Earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis make the Earth challenging to live on, and the fact that you can’t live on 2/3rds of the Earth’s surface and you freeze or boil on the other parts show how dangerous the planet is to life.
There’s a lot made of the human eye, Tyson says, but we don’t see a lot of what’s out there. We only have a small series of wavelengths that we can see in. We can’t see electrical fields, we can’t see radiation, and we can’t see microwaves. Part of the presentation is dedicated to birth defects; anyone with even a passing knowledge of how DNA is copied knows there will be errors. If there were a truly intelligent creator, why would they use such a complicated and cumbersome system?
The obvious answer is that there isn’t an intelligent creator who micromanages the universe, designing every little feature of all life — or if there is, they incompetent at best or monstrous at worse, and don’t deserve worship.
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