I really don't know when (or if) this is going to show up because I am currently moderated, but I suppose what I mean is the difficulty I have with the framing of the argument. Without getting into a long debate (I'm avoiding those like the plague from now on), I would clarify for you.
So lets say we put the whole "complexity" argument to the test. You and I (sometime in the distant future of course) get in a spacecraft and fly to a nearby solar system in the habitable zone, landing on a as of yet undiscovered planet. When we get out of the spacecraft..."Wait, don't open that, it's an alien planet, is there air?!?!?! You don't know...." (ok, I hope you've seen Galaxy Quest...) So we get off the spacecraft and are immediately met by a vast field full of perfectly formed rocks in the shape of tiny pyramids.
"Hey!", says Azdgari, "this looks promising, do you think there might be intelligent life on this plant?"
"Hmmm," says theFLEW, "I'm not sure, what makes you think there is?"
"Ummm, earth to Flew, look around you," says Azdgari, "these tiny pyramids? All perfectly symmetrical? Oooohhh, maybe they like some kind of alien alter, or a portal!"
"Someone needs to stop watching scifi re-runs," theFLEW says under his breath, "look Azdgari, this could just be a coincidence, you understand that right, I mean, couldn't the wind of just made these rocks appear to be in a complex pattern...?"
"Hardly," says Azdgari, "we need to scope this out."
So theFLEW and Azdgari search the entire field, and through the advanced equipment on their spacecraft, the entire planet for any signs of life, and do you know what they found.......(cliffhanger).......NOTHING!!! Absolutely nothing that could possibly be misconstrued as ever even hinting that the planet supported life in any capacity.
Dejected, Azdgari returns to the ship, and theFLEW realizes the important reality that the natural world can, at times, have the appearance of intelligent meddling, but in the end, without solid evidence, there's just as much a chance that it was chance all along.
So, moving on from narrative, that's the classic
argument for design/complexity/whatever that many theists present, and guess what? It's flawed
, as I hope I proved.
But what was this about re-working the whole thing? Lets revisit the scenario, but this time, when we exit the spacecraft on the alien planet, we don't find a field of perfectly formed pyramids, but instead a vast barren field. As we walk across the field in our spacesuits, we are absolutely shocked to see a tiny piece of paper lying next to a rock. theFLEW picks it up and reads:
"Hello, theFLEW, I've been expecting you, your hair is brown and your eyes are blue."
Shocked at the fact that this note so was entirely accurate (and that the unknown author had a flare for rhyme), theFLEW looks at Azdgari and says, "There's intelligent life somewhere on this planet, no one could have written something so exact as this who didn't know me first."
Azdgari nods in agreement, and both men set out to find the author of the note.That's
the difference between the two arguments. That's
a reworking of the former flawed approach. However, you may ask, what does the note in the narrative represent? In my humble opinion, our own DNA is a testament of authorship of the deep, deep complexity within ourselves. Now, I recognize that many people on this board will not agree with me on this one, but if you see the difference in the narrative, you see the difference in the bigger narrative that may be presented to you. There is a difference to say something is complex, but replicable without intervention, than to say that something is complex in such a way that it demands
intervention. Now, is that intervention God? I haven't made that argument; judge it as you like. But know that DNA truly is a profound chemical complex, and just as much as ink and paper exist without written words, so too does a necessary consideration of care become a prerequisite when ink and paper begat an intelligent sentence.
This is where I stand on the matter at any rate. Hope you enjoyed the read.....