Evolution vs. Intelligent Design: 6 Bones of Contention

 EVOLUTION VS. INTELLIGENT DESIGN: 6 Bones of Contention
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THE CAMBRIAN EXPLOSION

Why Intelligent Design?

The Cambrian explosion refers to a period in Earth's history 530 million years ago when new species of unprecedented complexity--like the predatory Anomalocaris depicted above--appeared in the fossil record within a relatively short time span. The lineages of nearly all of today's living organisms can be traced back to this flowering of life.

According to the Discovery Institute's Luskin, the Cambrian represents "abrupt explosions of mass biological diversity that required huge amounts of information be injected into the biosphere rapidly. In my view, only an intelligent agent can account for the origin of information in such a rapid fashion. I don't think a step-by-step, neo-Darwinian process is up to the task."

Evolutionists Argue ...

The Cambrian explosion was not an explosion at all. "It's a three-billion-year-old 'slow fuse,' and we have the fossil record that shows this," Occidental College's Prothero said.

In addition, "we now have fossils of all sorts of soft-bodied and microscopic things from before the Cambrian, and you can see very clearly how from simpler things you can get more complex things."

(Meet the "other Darwin" in National Geographic magazine.)
— Photograph by Marvin Mattelson, National Geographic Stock
 
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