Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The Lucy Show

The ID'ers take another hit:
Palaeontologists say they have uncovered a nearly complete skeleton of a hominid child who lived at a key stage in primate evolution more than three million years ago.

The fossilised remains of the child, estimated to have died at the age of three and who was probably a female, shed light on a hotly disputed branch of the human tree known as Australopithecus afarensis.

The best-known A afarensis is the famous fossil Lucy, recovered in Ethiopia in 1974 and who, for more than 20 years, was the earliest known member of the hominid family.
This discovery, like all scientific discoveries, displays the inherent weakness of the Intelligent Design argument, as though it were not objectively weak already: science seeks new discovery and with new discoveries adjusts, modifies and incorporates these into the larger theory. If the theory cannot be adjusted so, new ideas necessarily arise.

By contrast, ID simply and stupidly says that everything that can be known about something is already known, so if we don't have evidence of a particular step in a process, ID insists there is no evidence. Period. This is so hopelessly misguided and demonstrates the fatal flaw of ID. It is a dead end; the product of people with little or no imagination.


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