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80 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 02 November 2007 06:57AM

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Comment author: Reverend_AtheiStar 28 November 2007 02:30:08AM 0 points [-]

"Intelligent Design, the clever Trojan Horse designed expressly as a method to get creationism past the constitutional principal of the separation of church and state, focuses very narrowly on the alleged ‘intelligence’ the theist sees in nature. They target rather benign examples which they believe are designed by the unnamed creator (though a single question will divulge its identity) such as the human eye or the bacterial flagellum. Very wisely, they completely avoid implicating design in pathogenic organisms in public discourse, or even amongst themselves, as it would shine a light on an aspect of their designer the usual theist doesn’t like. There are exceptions to this, of course, ‘fire and brimstone’ Christians come to mind, but this book is not aimed at them. They already believe in an evil god, though I know for a fact that they would contest this!

Malevolent Design, simply put, is the secondary negative quality that one should see if one first sees intelligence. If there be a master designer then one should be able to gauge how it feels about its creations by the interaction between them. Their various body parts should spell out its intentions. What we see in nature becomes a moral issue. It goes far beyond this, though. There are four more very large categories that I will discuss, at length, in the proceeding sections: environmental, cosmological, mythological and finally, chronological."