Re: [creat] Intelligent Design As A Science Stopper
- I believe that I can give another, somewhat speculative, example of how ID
would be a science stopper.
This example involved William Harvey. As many are aware, he was the
physician who discovered the flow of blood. He was also a creationist.
(Of course, since he died in 1657, about two centuries before "The Origin
of Species" was published, we cannot know with certainty what he would have
felt about evolution if he would have known of the mechanism of natural
During Harvey's investigation of the flow of blood, he said: “I was almost
tempted to think that the motion of the heart was only to be comprehended
by God.” (Clendening, L. ed. 1960, "Sourcebook of Medical History", New
York, Dover, p. 155.)
Since Harvey was a creationist, it is reasonable to believe that he would
have been an ID advocate if that alternative was available to him at the
time. It he had been such an advocate, he very well might have decided
that the flow of blood could not be understood by humans (as this sentiment
is strongly implied in this quotation). He therefore may very well have
given up the search at the point that he made this quotation.
But, fortunately for all of us, he did not have ID as an alternative.
Therefore he continued his research and we now know how blood flows. (We
would have undoubtedly found out anyway, but it might have been discovered
only when someone who didn’t believe in ID did the investigation.)
We must all fight against the concept of ID. It could quite possibly
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