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How does the theory of evolution make it less likely that the world is designed?

When Laplace wrote his Newtonian, materialist explanation of the universe, Napoleon asked him where God fit into the scheme. "I have no need of that hypothesis, Sire," was Laplace's famous ...
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Is it possible that evolution brought human kind morality?

The root of this concept lies in a theory, most closely associated recently with theorist David Sloan Wilson, that moral behaviors --specifically altruism --convey a group-level survival advantage. ...
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Did Charles Darwin say anything on why life was formed in the first place?

One has to keep apart different layers: a) abiogenesis (the emergence of life) vs. evolution (the development of existing life over generations) and b) the incompatibility of biblical accounts of the ...
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How does the theory of evolution make it less likely that the world is designed?

It's not a strawman, it's arguing against specific god claims, or rebutting specific arguments for a god. As such, it applies to some god beliefs, but may not apply to others. You could make a few ...
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Do the defenses that science has implemented against a political attack undercut the ability to evaluate teleological science questions?

Everything up to the last paragraph seems to be: "Suppose that evidence exists and is being ignored. Does this mean that evidence exists and is being ignored?" Yes, tautologies are ...
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Do the defenses that science has implemented against a political attack undercut the ability to evaluate teleological science questions?

There is enough substance to this question that it deserves serious discussion and response. I am not seeing the level of awareness of the actual science discussion on ID that I have dug into in ...
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How does the theory of evolution make it less likely that the world is designed?

Evolution is not evidence against God. Evolution is evidence that complex forms of matter and energy don't require a supernatural explanation. The Catholic Church, the largest Christian Church in the ...
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Does Darwin owe a debt to Hegel?

The notion of evolution in the sense of different species descending from a common ancestor predates Hegel, Darwin's contribution was the theory of natural selection to explain how the process happens,...
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Do the defenses that science has implemented against a political attack undercut the ability to evaluate teleological science questions?

You are right in one sense- the scientific community is riddled with all sorts of prejudices, so it is possible, generally, that there may be tendencies to prefer certain classes of ideas over others. ...
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Darwinian Free Will

1 begs the question. 2-6 are unnecessary because 1 assumes that there is free will (that which is not, gives not). 5 is false. Being able to spawn healthy offspring which grew to adulthood in five ...
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Did Charles Darwin say anything on why life was formed in the first place?

Different subject matters Note: Philip Klöcking answers the title question, this answers the question in the body. The original work of Darwin was named "On the origin of species by means of ...
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Does evolution always entail progress?

Biological evolution is an undirected process driven by chance mutation. Many mutations have severe consequences, and even those that could be considered beneficial in certain contexts may have nasty ...
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Does Darwin owe a debt to Hegel?

Darwin I should have thought that Darwin's theory of evolution does not recognise anything like an 'arc of history'; that evolution is not progressive, and that it moves with no purpose (cf. R.Dawkins,...
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Are agent explanations better than non agent explanations?

@Marco hit the nail on the head with where current science of human cognition is concerned. There is a well studied and verified "agency bias" in humans. That this exists is quite well ...
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What is the utility of consciousness if free will is an illusion?

Just because natural selection generally favours adaptive traits, does not mean that every evolved trait is adaptive. It is entirely possible for traits that are either neutral or deleterious to ...
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Does Darwin owe a debt to Hegel?

The evolutionary biologist (and student of the history of science), Stephen Jay Gould writes in his book Eight Little Piggies: Reflections in Natural History, chapter entitled Darwin and Paley Meet ...
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Is consciousness (as we perceive it) what really separates us from animals?

There is really no doubt that animals have consciousness in the basic sense of the terms. They are aware of the world around them and respond to it: avoiding threats, consuming food, seeking out ...
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What is the counter-argument against the argument of design?

What makes the argument of intelligent design unable to stand on its own legs is that simplicity and efficiency, are hints of design, not complexity. The useless complexity of living forms, the flaws ...
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What is the thing which evolves?

You are encountering the limits of reductive thinking. The "Ship of Theseus" does not reduce down to its component parts. Biological Evolution takes place over time, for a population. It ...
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Do the defenses that science has implemented against a political attack undercut the ability to evaluate teleological science questions?

Any scientist who successfully demonstrates ASL in some way has a Nobel prize waiting for them. The chance at winning that prize is attractive enough to negate the hostility argument.
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How does the theory of evolution make it less likely that the world is designed?

If you consider the Judeo-Christian God described in the Bible, it's a clear refutation of the story in Genesis of God creating all the creatures and plants on earth. More generally, if God is ...
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Is it possible that evolution brought human kind morality?

A lot of the success of humans comes from their ability to cooperate and cooperation depends on being able to predict other people's behaviour. Indeed predictable behaviour is arguably the foundation ...
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Is plastic surgery cheating evolution or genetics?

Cheating genetics? Yes, absolutely. In precisely the same way that wearing clothing cheats genetics. Cheating evolution? Definitely not, at least not evolution by natural selection. That's exactly ...
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Aren't we most likely subject to artificial selection?

Since most animals on earth are artificially selected for by humans Evolution works over many millenia, hence its important to think of a time framing. If one was to think of the current epoch, then ...
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Does life have a natural or supernatural origin?

You defined natural and supernatural in an absolute sense: can or cannot. You said life arising from nonliving matter has never been observed, which does not rule out that it cannot arise in such a ...
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What is the utility of consciousness if free will is an illusion?

Consciousness concerns awareness of one's environment and possibly some introspective knowledge if such there be. Deterministic consciousness need not lack utility. On the contrary: if there is a ...
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Is the uniqueness of the human species evidence against evolution?

No, the theory of evolution does not require or even predict uniformity of all species, not even resemblance. It does not reject the possibility of exceptional or unique species to form. Nor does it ...
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Causality, Universal and Particulars, Evolution, and Theology

Short Answer From the perspective of a scientific athiest, the natural sciences require very specific types of processes, reasoning, and evidence to validate the existence of beings. To start with the ...
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