Stop Saying Darwinism is Intuitive

What makes Darwinism, i.e., natural selection, so compelling to so many is that it seems very intuitive. Well, here is an intuitive argument against Darwin.

The analogy is often made that the development of complex organisms by way of natural selection is akin to a tornado hitting a junkyard and assembling a fully functional 747 jet. This is a poor analogy because, while humans are capable of constructing 747s, we are decidedly incapable of designing and constructing even the most “simple” single celled organisms from scratch.

This should strike us as counterintuitive. Why? Because natural selection is supposed to be a completely random, unguided process spanning millions of years, yet that process supposedly resulted in lions, bears, fungus, us, etc. On the other hand, human guided processes, like animal breeding, bio-engineering, computer science, etc., have not come close to merely originating a new species, let alone entire organisms.

So, how is it that a blind, haphazard, million year old process can create, say, a platypus, but an intentional, intelligent, human directed, carefully calculated process using the most advanced human sciences cannot come close to that? How is it that a blind, haphazard process can create full intelligence, i.e., the human mind, but over 100 years of concerted effort by the world’s best computer scientists cannot produce the most rudimentary artificial intelligence?

Put another way, I can understand how if you put enough chess boards on a beach and let the sea breeze move the pieces, if you wait long enough, one of those boards will play out like a real game of chess. Sure, it might take a billion years. But two elementary school kids could produce the same result in a 15 minute sitting. Using the tornado analogy, yes if you have enough tornadoes and enough junkyards, after millions or billions of years, one of them will produce a working 747. But, again, a team of engineers could do the same thing in 10 years of development. The intelligence of those engineers is what reduces the development time from a few eons to under a decade.

Point being, intentional processes involving intelligence are always always more efficient, more effective, more creative than random, chaotic ones, even when you factor in a billion years. Literally the only case where this truism supposedly does not hold is with evolution, where dumb luck is presumed to be many orders of magnitude more efficacious than the peak of collective human intelligence.

Nonetheless, for the clear-headed among us, the fact that the intelligent effort of all of humanity cannot even originate a new species, that alone should cast serious intuitive doubt on the preposterous Darwinian fantasy that directionless randomness did the job many times over.


What makes Darwinism, i.e., natural selection, so compelling to so many is that it seems very intuitive. Well, here is an intuitive argument against Darwin.

Posted by Daniel Haqiqatjou on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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Your evolution chat is surprisingly weak. Perhaps a notch above Zakir Naik, but not a notch and a half.


hi b,

You either didn’t read the arguments presented here or read it with a preconceived notion that the theory of evolution and its related postulates are above all criticism. It is undeniably true that the theory of evolution is popular and very well supported by many scientists today. This is not purely on account of its merits but because it fitted the mood of the times. Ever since the protestant reformation/scientific revolution that coincided with rebellion against Christianity, intellectuals were looking for something to validate their new found rejection of religion. That is why the theory of evolution has become a sacred mantra almost as holy as religious scriptures and that is also why any criticism – however rationally based – is automatically rejected.

It is also important to remember nothing in science – no theory, no hypothesis – is fail-proof and that there is always a possibility that later generations might modify, review, or even reject it. This is hastily written but I hope you get the idea!

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