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Does Intelligent Design (ID) entail an infinite regress of designers, and if so, is that problematic?

Your question contains a couple of misconceptions about ID. First, it assumes that ID is an argument for God. This is not the case. ID can certainly be used in an argument for God, and most (but not ...
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Where in the evolutionary chain did morality start to evolve?

First of all, I'm removing the references to evolution as this has been removed from the OP. The rest of this answer should directly address the relationship between the evolution of the brain, social ...
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What are philosophical arguments for the position that Intelligent Design is nothing but "Creationism in disguise"?

Did the court of the law that judged ID to be creationism in disguise employ philosophical arguments to come to that conclusion? ... More generally, are there philosophical arguments for the position ...
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What are philosophical arguments for the position that Intelligent Design is nothing but "Creationism in disguise"?

Reasonnably, you can make a philosophical argument that creationism and intelligent design are close from each other and overlap, or point at the flaws of intelligent design that make it a ...
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Is there any proof of existence of any higher being who created us?

No. Any concrete proof of a higher intelligence would have long ago been presented to the world at large, tested, experimented, and confirmed. At that point you would no longer have rational non-...
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What are philosophical arguments for the position that Intelligent Design is nothing but "Creationism in disguise"?

In my view, this question is largely equivocation between a philosophical position that could be called "Intelligent Design" and the fake position advocated in the real world called "...
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Does Intelligent Design (ID) entail an infinite regress of designers, and if so, is that problematic?

if Complexity(ID1) < Complexity(X), we are admitting that complexity can increase over time, which would sound great to the ears of evolutionists, so let's just ignore this case for the purposes of ...
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Does Intelligent Design (ID) entail an infinite regress of designers, and if so, is that problematic?

No. I propose a thought experiment to prove my answer; Imagine humans develop advanced, self-aware, AI systems that include robot machines. Such entities could maintain their own hardware and power ...
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Does Intelligent Design (ID) entail an infinite regress of designers, and if so, is that problematic?

Disclaimer of Bias My bias, to be clear, is in favor of rejecting ID, but I do acknowledge that there's prima facie grounds for accepting the argument that ID is a scientific theory. ID, however, ...
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Is there any proof of existence of any higher being who created us?

No, proofs do not exist for the hypothesis that we have been created by an other being – besides our human parents :-) Philosophy of religion has used the so called watchmaker argument: If one finds ...
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Does Intelligent Design (ID) entail an infinite regress of designers, and if so, is that problematic?

Would ID proponents agree with this reasoning, and if so, do they find an infinite regress of intelligent designers problematic? That seems to be a request for speculation. In any given case, I ...
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Was Plato influenced by Moses?

At least one well-respected, contemporary scholar of the Hebrew Scriptures, Margaret Barker, argues that Plato knew of them, though she acknowledges her view as in the minority: The early ...
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Pandeism vs. Atheism vs. Darwinism: Do they achieve the same result?

Using the links provided by the OP, there are differences in concepts and results between pandeism and atheism. For pandeism, the Wikipedia link states: Pandeism ... holds that the creator deity ...
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Does Intelligent Design (ID) entail an infinite regress of designers, and if so, is that problematic?

Intelligent Design (ID) doesn't necessarily entail an infinite regress of designers, but if you want to avoid this infinite regress, any ID argument would need to address why the designer didn't need ...
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Does Intelligent Design (ID) entail an infinite regress of designers, and if so, is that problematic?

There are three points to avoid infinite regress. Come upon a thing that isn't irreducibly complex that produces things that are irreducibly complex. The robot is irreducibly complex and this is not ...
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What are philosophical arguments for the position that Intelligent Design is nothing but "Creationism in disguise"?

Since the OP question is not, "Is ID science?" but, "Is ID creationism by another name?" and the question is meant to be answered in the abstract rather than by reference to the ...
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Why we haven’t observed any galactic civilization of III or IV type?

Perhaps for one or more of the following reasons: There are no such civilisations. They exist but are too far away. They deliberately cloak their presence to escape our notice. They only consume ...
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Is there any proof of existence of any higher being who created us?

The argument of a higher being that created humanity is by its own nature flawed. As Jo Wehler pointed out, the concept that humanity is too complex to have sprung up without guidance is the ...
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Where in the evolutionary chain did morality start to evolve?

There is no conclusive evidence as morals, for most of human history, were a matter of social habits (lat. mores = habit) that were passed through social learning and forms of direct communication (...
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Where in the evolutionary chain did morality start to evolve?

This is more of a biology, psychology, or anthropology question, rather than a philosophy question. However, I suppose philosophy can be used to integrate concepts from any field. More importantly, ...
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Is science inherently naturalistic?

There are a number of strategies that scientists and philosophers of science have used to avoid (or at least decrease) tensions between religion and scientific naturalism. You can read more about ...
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Is it possible for something to have no cause?

Rachel does not assert the 'uncaused cause' as "asserted" by the answer marked as correct. You need to be ignorant of the existence of Thomas Aquinas's Five Ways to reach that conclusion. To ...
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The conflict of creationism and evolution. How can we know the truth?

Without endorsing Dr Phillips' perspective — more because I find it presumptuous and arrogant than because I think he is factually wrong — the way to evaluate a scientific claim is on the ...
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Has any philosopher accounted for a cause of the universe?

I can see at least three faults with your logic. Firstly, the universe might have been around for ever. Secondly, even if the universe needed a cause, the cause might be something other than what you ...
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Why would an omnipotent, omnibenevolent create a universe with no humanity for billions of years?

Michael Hall's answer is good for addressing the question as posed, but I think the question as posed rests on a weak premise to begin with if it's supposed to relate to real-life religions. The ...
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Why we haven’t observed any galactic civilization of III or IV type?

Options: There aren't any close enough, or at all, so a rare-abiogenesis or great-filter scenario. Dark-forest scenario of highly advanced species hiding and eliminating emergent advanced species. ...
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Is it possible for something to have no cause?

If it's not off topic, I would like to mention some insights from physics. Our concepts of causality are deeply linked to our picture of time. It has long been recognised, since general relativity ...
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What is the purpose of the universe?

What is the purpose of the universe? If the universe is eternal and infinite, then its primary purpose is simply to exist. [Assuming God said], I want to create humans, because x. (What is x?) ...
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