One of Padian’s concerns with intelligent design — the idea that life’s complexities demand an intelligent designer — is that it shuts down the search for answers, he said. “It worries me that students would be told that you can’t get from A to B with natural causes,” he said.Of course one could argue that his faith that natural causes can get you from A to B, in the absence of direct evidence, is nothing more than an article of faith that past successes of evolutionary theory will be replicated in all future cases. But the response to that argument is that no matter how evidentiary links are established, the AI people can simply point to cases where they have not yet been traced. The negative cannot ever be proved.
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Next week the defendants begin to present their case.