Intelligent design? Not exactly
Recently, I had posted about the ongoing debate about evolution and intelligent design. Today, I read an excellent article in The NYT Magazine which pretty much rips apart the idea of intelligent design by explaining with examples why the design of living creatures is not exactly intelligent.
In mammals, for instance, the recurrent laryngeal nerve does not go directly from the cranium to the larynx, the way any competent engineer would have arranged it. Instead, it extends down the neck to the chest, loops around a lung ligament and then runs back up the neck to the larynx. In a giraffe, that means a 20-foot length of nerve where 1 foot would have done. If this is evidence of design, it would seem to be of the unintelligent variety.
Another interesting thing I learnt from this article is the emergence of a hybrid solution to the perceived problem. It proposes that intelligent design was responsible for the creation of cells that later evolved into more complicated life forms. Like I said earlier, it looks like this debate won’t end soon.