Nov. 17th, 2005
Intelligent Design?!?  
If there really were "Intelligent Design," I wouldn't have just bit the side of my cheek eating, and it certainly wouldn't have swelled up making it easier to bite again.


 
 
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Brad: B & W Bradbradzoid on November 17th, 2005 - 11:27 pm
And the scrotum, what the hell is with that???? That seems like idiotic design!
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baltpup25: beachbaltpup25 on November 18th, 2005 - 03:35 am
It's for symmetry, Watson.
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Bradbradzoid on November 18th, 2005 - 05:41 am
I like symmetry!!!
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Bobby: Anderson!shouldvesmiled on November 18th, 2005 - 12:04 am
Maybe you're being punished :D
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on November 18th, 2005 - 12:06 am
nah.. i'd have to believe in a sadistic god to buy that one :-p
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Bobbyshouldvesmiled on November 18th, 2005 - 12:18 am
How does that saying go...something like, 'you might not believe in him but he believes in you' ;)
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on November 18th, 2005 - 12:20 am
Santa Claus?!?!11
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allamericanjock on November 18th, 2005 - 12:30 am
My favorite argument against intelligent design is the "blind spot" in the design of the eyeball.

Most people know that in the back of the inside of the eye, there are lots of little cells that respond to light. When light hits a little photo-sensitive patch on the tip of the cell, the cell sends a signal down a connecting cable (the "axon" of the cell) to the brain.

If someone intelligent were to design this system, you would figure that they would make the photosensitive tip point to the front of the eye, to best pick up light, and would make the connecting cable come out the back of the eye, to easily reach the brain. Like so:


But, in fact, no. Photoreceptive cells in the eye are backwards. The photosensitive tips are pointing at the back of the eye, and the cables are jutting out into the middle of the eye.



If the cables are pointing into the center of the eye, how do they reach the brain? Well, they all come together, and pick a spot at the back of the eye, and punch through the back of the eye to get to the brain.



The spot on the back of the eye where the cables punch through, obviously, can't detect light. This is what causes your "blind spot."

I think this is clear evidence that eyeballs, at least, are not the product of intelligent design.
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matintin: ughmatintin on November 18th, 2005 - 01:37 am
That just looks like an egg and very confused sperm.
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allamericanjock on November 18th, 2005 - 01:52 am
I never claimed to be an artist.

Draw me a better picture of an eyeball, and I'll make sure I use it next time.
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matintinmatintin on November 18th, 2005 - 05:36 am
Just sayin'.
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Z: Shockedmrezkill on November 18th, 2005 - 01:40 am
lol I love how you say that most people know what's going on in the back of the inside of the eye. It made me feel like a dumby cuz I didn't know =\

-ez
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allamericanjock on November 18th, 2005 - 01:51 am
I didn't mean it that way.

I figure most people don't know much about what's going on in the back of the eye. But I remember in highschool bio, we talked about the fact that there are special cells in the eye that respond to light, and that's how we see.

That's about all I assume people know. Most people don't know much more than that.
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Z: Ezequielmrezkill on November 18th, 2005 - 01:55 am
My biology teacher was a bitch. But at least I know now. Thanks lol

-ez
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baltpup25: xodus surferboybaltpup25 on November 18th, 2005 - 03:37 am
Whoa, sweet graphics!

Further, if someone intelligent were involved in the design, they would have accounted for astigmatisms.
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allamericanjock on November 18th, 2005 - 04:13 am
Well, maybe they would have accounted for astigmatisms. I mean, that would depend on what level eyes were designed.

Since eyes develop in interaction with the environment, there are always things that could screw them up along the way, even if they were very well engineered.

It's like: pretzels are made by deliberate design, but there are always those pretzels that end up in some fucked up shape or other, instead of the shape they are supposed to be.
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baltpup25: hamburger and friesbaltpup25 on November 18th, 2005 - 04:15 am
LOL! Right!

So, what was with that killer pretzel that threw our beloved president off the couch? :)

Then, there are those pretzels that came out perfect, but got smashed in the bag. Mmmmmmmmm, pretzels.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on November 18th, 2005 - 08:11 am
i know... component inputs for video? if it were intelligent design, they'd've used HDMI.
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allamericanjock on November 18th, 2005 - 05:37 pm
Funny.

Although, were I to take your answer seriously, I'd have to say I disagree. The actual computational operation of the eye is pretty cool. I left out a couple of things in my description above, for the sake of simplicity.

But in actuality, before sending the signal to the brain, the photosensitive cells pass their signals through another layer of cells, that compress the signal: the only information that is actually transmitted to the brain is information about where edges are. Your brain fills in the rest.

Some people might point to that and say, "Aha! That must have been designed on purpose!"

But that conveniently ignores all of the things that are poorly constructed about the eye -- like the orientation of the photosensitive cells.

Saying that the eye was designed by a Supreme Being is like saying, "God was smart enough to design an eye that can perform edge-detection signal processing .... but he's too stupid to figure out which way to point the sensors."

Maybe God is one of those Idiot Savants?
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on November 18th, 2005 - 06:09 pm
> But in actuality, before sending the signal to the brain, the photosensitive cells pass their signals through another layer of cells, that compress the signal: the only information that is actually transmitted to the brain is information about where edges are. Your brain fills in the rest.

pish... hardware video acceleration. video cards have been doing it for years. God just cheated off nVidia.
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allamericanjock on November 18th, 2005 - 06:45 pm
LOL.

Of course, in reality, pattern recognition software has deliberately lifted ideas from how the brain processes visual information for years.

But shhhh! I won't tell.
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Troy D.: Coolamnewsboy on November 18th, 2005 - 02:35 am
Your post has been forwarded to the Kansas Board of Education. Maybe they'll get it right next time.
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chrissstopher on November 18th, 2005 - 03:29 am
intelligent design... silly boys!
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baltpup25: collarbaltpup25 on November 18th, 2005 - 03:37 am
Wait. Wouldn't the swollen mouth provide better fellatio? :)
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Mozretaliashun on November 18th, 2005 - 04:56 am
i'm waiting for the creationist-zionist-fundamentalist-crazies to have the government replace the theory of gravity with the theory of intelligent falling next.
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Dave: Alonedavidluc on November 21st, 2005 - 08:21 am
Dude this probably isnt the post to leave this message, but I am sorry about your friend. I recently lost a friend who I loved dearly and I know what you are going through, the loss seems so unfair and things will feel dfferent for a long time, but life will slowly rebuild itself. Saying goodbye is never easy, knowing that someone you love, that has been a part of your life for so long will only live on in your memories is probably the hardest thing you will ever have to learn to accept. Embrace the memories because they are what help keep the day progressing. Much love to you.
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