Intelligent Design Has Missing Link
The intelligent design proponents say that life is too complex to have evolved naturally so it must have a designer. Their favorite example is an ordinary watch. If you find a watch on the beach, they say, you know it is too complex and its purpose too intentional to be a random creation of nature - therefore it must have been designed by some sort of intelligence.
But you know the watch is designed precisely because you recognize it is not natural! You can see it is not a product of nature. Nature doesn't produce such things. Nature produces things like mountains, rivers, planets, solar systems, gravity, electricity, nuclear forces, animals, insects and all manner of living things. Nature does not produce watches. You can look at a watch, see it is not natural and therefore conclude it was designed by an intelligence.
The missing link: How do you look at nature and conclude it is not natural so it must be designed? How do we jump from: "a watch is not natural so we know it must be designed by intelligence" -to- "nature is complicated so it must be designed by intelligence"? There is simply no analogy whatsoever between these two things.
The intelligent design argument really just boils down to this, "hey dude, nature (aka reality) is complicated and I don't understand it so I will assume there is a god that created everything."
The funny thing is, many natural things are complicated yet we don't assume a supernatural creature is behind them. For example, have you ever seen a dust devil? They are like miniature tornados and I've seen many of them in Phoenix. They are amazing! In the middle of an otherwise normal day you can sometimes see one of these phenomenon spinning about seemingly with a mind of its own. What could possibly motivate the air to gather up from all around in a rapidly spinning funnel for no visible reason? I don't know exactly why it happens. I think it's random chance having to do with temperature and humidity and wind currents. If I hadn't seen one I would never have believed it possible. Yet it happens in nature by random natural events and no one outside a mental institution would say it is created by invisible beings.
The intelligent design proponents think a god is the only possible explanation for the existence of the universe but they can't explain where god came from in the first place anymore than anyone else can explain where matter and energy came from. We simply don't know. So, why does the intelligent design proponent stop with just one god? If there is one, there could just as easily be many. Perhaps there is a whole plethora of gods with some more powerful than others. Or perhaps they are all equally omniscient and omnipotent. But if they are all omnipotent, could one of them kill all the others? Maybe one of them is an evil bastard and killed all the other gods and that's why there is only one wacko god creature who feels the need to have insignificant humans worship him. He's an unethical ego maniac. Perhaps the one remaining god died and that's why we haven't seen hide nor hair of him in several thousand years.
If we continue contemplating the possible existence of one or more gods, will we ever figure out an answer? Nope. So what's the point in wasting intellectual energy on something that may or may not exist but for which there is no evidence and which is unprovable and untestable? The world and the universe seem to work according to natural laws that, as far as we know, have never been broken. If there exists a supernatural creature with supernatural powers who is not subject to the laws of nature, why don't we wait until he shows himself before we start making all kinds of assumptions about his possible existence and the existence of others like him?
And if some people say this supernatural creature has already shown himself as Jesus Christ, then where's the proof? The christian bible says that if a person has even a tiny bit of faith the size of a mustard seed and asks god to move a mountain, the mountain will be moved. The christian bible also says (Mark 16:16) that if a person believes in Jesus Christ and is baptized he will be able to heal the sick by a mere touch with his hands. Funny that christians don't question why the catholic pope is unable to heal his own Parkinson's disease. So, in the presence of all these claims of supernatural power yet in the complete absense of any demonstration of supernatural power, I challenge the christians to show that their faith is true and that god exists. Let's set a date and time and do a demonstration on national or worldwide television. Let's get the pope, president Bush, Billy Graham, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, all the religious leaders and all the believers in all the world to pray for one simple little demonstration that god really exists. Let's have 4 billion people simultaneously praying for the same little thing. Let them pray and ask god to levitate a penny just a few inches above the ground. If the penny levitates, then god exists. If not, then they can still believe in their mythological god but at least they won't be suffering under the illusion that prayer actually works. Of course, the pope and the president and all the believers will not accept this challenge. They know deep in their hearts it won't work. They'll say we're not supposed to test god even though their god supposedly would move a mountain for them if they asked.
See also: What is Science?