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The Argument from Design - Fact Fantasy or Wishful Thinking Tell me why the stars do shine Tell me why the ivy twines Tell me why the skys so blue Then I will tell you just why I love you Because God made the stars to shine Because God made the ivy twine Because God made the sky so blue Because God made you thats why I love you1 Tell Me Why In Darwins Dangerous Idea Daniel Dennett wistfully recalls this simple melody from his youth but does not lament the demise of its literal meaning at the hands of the hero of his book No thinking adult could still cling to the myth of the loving God who fashions each of us from earth and breathes life into us There is no future in myths no matter how sacred If there is one thing the authors of Genesis got right it is that we are inherently curious beings Knowledge of the truth is amongst our most precious values Few things are more sacred We may outgrow the answers that follow the question of our melody but we will never outgrow the question itself Why The Argument from Design Aristotle was probably the first person to seek to classify our questions about the universe we live in by delineating between various explanations - or causes The fourth of these causes was what he called its telos - its purpose or goal or end Thus we ask Why is this thing like this What is it for What is its raison detre Therefore a teleological explanation is one that explains the existence or occurrence of something by citing a goal or purpose that is served by the thing Aristotles final cause - his ultimate answer to any teleological or why question was God The Argument from Design is a teleological argument for the existence
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