Friday, November 18, 2005

Was the human blindspot intelligently designed?



I have been searching for good web pages about Intelligent design in the UK which is after all what this Blog is supposed to be about…. But there are painfully few. I am not really much concerned about whether they are PRO ID or ANTI ID so long as they have some reasoned and even original thinking I would be happy! What I find is that those that are ANTI ID are just monotonous rehashes of arguments that are not even straw men!

There is a sort of group mentality whereby so long as you hear a few “important” voices saying the right sort of sentences you “know” they are right and join in with them. We only hear what we want to hear.

The trouble is that it is often the things that we do not want to hear that are the things we most urgently need to listen to carefully. There is such a thing as an intellectual blind spot and if we are not careful it can become a larger and larger blind patch.

Sometimes it is the thoughts which cause us the most psychological pain and distress that are the ones which we are most in need of.

What are the symptoms of a developing intellectual blind patch?

We do not thoroughly question our instinctive responses to contrary evidences.
We are not prepared to read or listen carefully to those who we disagree with.
We trust in the crowd or especially the noisy members of the crowd and make the right sort of noises ourselves. Sheep mentality…. How much like sheep we actually are!
We are not willing to look long and hard at the consequences of being very wrong indeed.
We resort to force, authority or pressure of numbers rather than looking carefully at evidence.

Who was it that said….”There is no one as blind as the man who will not see.”

Intellectual opponents are very useful to help us see what is in our blindspots but those who know they have not got an intellectual blindspot will never see what is in it.

Are theists more in danger of having a blindspot over evolution than atheists and the practical-atheist agnostics are over design?

Are those whose careers depend on them looking at the world using methodological naturalism more likely to develop a blindspot over design?

Is it possible or even likely that they may find it difficult to see clearly any real evidence for real design.

Often what we want to see and hear has a huge impact on what we actually see and hear. The scientific method helps us to see things we did not want to see but it does not entirely prevent us from ignoring and dismissing things we do not want to see especially if the prevailing thinking of our whole society is consistent with ignoring or dismissing these things.

Was the human blindspot intelligently designed as a kind of physical reminder to watch out for intellectual blindspots developing?

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