Author: Kerby Rials
Subject: Intelligent Design
Date: 10/12/2004

Evolution postulates that all living creatures are basically accidents.

It argues that the laws of science set in motion processes that through great lengths of time produced a series of events, leading to the creation (whoops — bad word) of multiple species.

At first glance this seems reasonable, just like it sounds reasonable to say that General Motors makes cars.  Okay. Fine.

But look at the process of making those cars.  Mining for iron ore.  Refining that into steel. Engineering presses to shape that steel. Designing engines, transmissions, radiators, alternators, tires, suspension, headlights, radios, starters, fuel injection, etc. And doing that so that it is competitive with the Japanese.
Hiring thousands of workers. Building factories. Buying dealerships. Developing advertising and financing.  Delivery.  Repairs.  It is mind boggling.  Just so to say “evolutionary processes created the earth.”  There is far more to it than that.

For instance, take the ordinary house cat.   Evolution says it was created by a series of fortunate mutations.  Now that is a funny phrase!  I have yet to see people lining up to request mutations. We call mutations things like “cancer” and “birth defects” and “disease” for lack of other words. Mutations are not good, no matter what the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Spider Man may say.

Evolution is based on “fortunate” mutations by the millions, one  on top of another, running well beyond statistical impossibility. But let’s skip that for now and get back to kitties.

My request to you, dear reader, is simply this: copy the kitty.  Take any ordinary kitty as a model and make a copy. The rules are that you have to start from scratch. No Frankenstein kitties allowed. You can go to the store and buy whatever you want — flour, lumber, electric motors, asphalt shingles — whatever. But make a kitty from scratch.

Now I don’t want to hear any excuses from you! It can’t be that hard to make a kitty. The world is full of them. People are giving them away.

And note that I am not asking you to create a kitty — simply to copy one from scratch (cloning, in that it takes biological material from an existing cat, is not legal in this contest).  Copying is pretty simple. Someone has already done all the engineering and design work, and tested it.  It already works. You just have to copy what they already did.  People in Taiwan are making fake Rolexes every day. In Russia they are churning out copies of DVDs faster than you can say blockbuster.  Copying is not that hard.

Now I must be fair to say that no one in the world has yet copied a kitty. You will be the first!  I also must add, to be fair, that no one has ever copied a single living thing (again, from scratch).  But don’t let that bother you!  After all, evolutionists say it all happened by accident, so if you try to do it on purpose, with a living kitty as a model, it should be a breeze!

Okay. You have had some time now and may have discovered that it is not so easy to copy a kitty. By now you have probably determined that, in fact, the smartest scientists in the world would love to copy a kitty and just can’t.  It is too hard.

Now that brings us to some interesting thoughts on creating and copying, that sadly, says something about your intelligence.  Don’t be offended. I am just telling the truth.

There are three levels of intelligence:
1) Ability to create
2) Ability to copy
3) Inability to copy

For instance, adults can create sentences. Toddlers can only repeat their words. A newborn cannot even copy.

Just so in society.  An advanced society can create something, such as a  music CD.  Other societies cannot create them, but make illegal copies.  Other societies lack even that capability.

We would call this last society backward.

It takes far less time to copy than it does to create, and far less thought.  For instance, you can copy the sheet music of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony on a copy machine in a few minutes, and never even know about inverted Cmaj7 chords.  Being able to create it, however, would take years of training and practice, thought and inspiration.

You can copy a video of a movie in minutes, but it takes years of training and months of filming for actors, directors, writers, producers, stuntmen and cinematographers to film the movie.

So there is a giant leap between copying and creating.

There is also a major leap between inability to copy and copying.
To copy Tolstoy’s War and Peace you must have the ability to read and write, ability to make paper, a printing press, ink, typesetters and printers.  A stone age tribe in South America could not copy War and Peace, or any other book.

So what does this say about our inability to copy a cat? Our best scientists can’t even copy a potato. This is embarrassing.

When we do copy something, it is a crude imitation.  How many would rather have a mechanical plastic knee, or the real thing?  How many would rather have dentures instead of real teeth?

So, on the kitty scale for intelligence, we are, along with you, at the lowest level of intelligence. Not only can we not create a kitty, we can’t even copy it.   We also can conclude that something that is so advanced that we cannot copy it deliberately did not arise by accident. This means that there is intelligence in the universe far in advance of us. We call that intelligence God.

Not long ago a US scientist won an award for his discoveries about how the sense of smell works. I am glad for him.  But who gets the award for making the nose’s sense of smell?

This is like a factory churning out fake Rolex watches that gets an award for finally figuring out how the darn thing works!  Shouldn’t that award go to the guy in Switzerland who made the watch?

Just so, the fact that it takes a brilliant scientist years of work to figure out a small part of our nose, should not amaze us as much as the greater intelligence who designed it.