The Ultimate Dawkins Gambit

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GambitThe ultimate Boeing 747 gambit is the central argument of Richard Dawkins’s book “The God Delusion.” I will be going through the premises he lays out and see if they stand up to scrutiny.

1. One of the greatest challenges to the human intellect, over the centuries, has been to explain how the complex, improbable appearance of design in the universe arises.

I agree.

2. The natural temptation is to attribute the appearance of design to actual design itself. In the case of a man-made artifact such as a watch, the designer really was an intelligent engineer. It is tempting to apply the same logic to an eye or a wing, a spider or a person.

I agree.

3.The temptation is a false one, because the designer hypothesis immediately raises the larger problem of who designed the designer. The whole problem we started out with was the problem of explaining statistical improbability. It is obviously no solution to postulate something even more improbable. We need a “crane,” not a “skyhook;” for only a crane can do the business of working up gradually and plausibly from simplicity to otherwise improbable complexity.

This is where Dawkins fails…

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RECOMMENDED RESOURCES FOR FURTHER READING:

The Dawkins Delusion?: Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine

The Dawkins Letters: Challenging Atheist Myths

 

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