Richard Dawkins supports ID?

@joecienkowski continually says that Richard Dawkins believes in Intelligent Design, and yes I don’t think he’s read his books to see how stupid this argument is, but let’s run with it for a moment.

What he’s talking about is the section in Expelled where Ben Stein interviews him.

BEN STEIN: What do you think is the possibility that Intelligent Design might turn out to be the answer to some issues in genetics or in Darwinian evolution.

DAWKINS: Well, it could come about in the following way. It could be that at some earlier time, somewhere in the universe, a civilization evolved, probably by some kind of Darwinian means, probably to a very high level of technology, and designed a form of life that they seeded onto perhaps this planet. Um, now that is a possibility, and an intriguing possibility. And I suppose it’s possible that you might find evidence for that if you look at the details of biochemistry, molecular biology, you might find a signature of some sort of designer.

This is the part that is so controversial. I can’t see the problem myself, but for the benefit of Joe Cienkowski, let’s go through it bit by bit.

Ben Steins asks about the “possibility” that ID “could be” the answer. It’s patently obvious it’s hyperthetically asked.

Richard Dawkins answers with a qualifying statement that “it could come about in the following way.” So this is just a shot in the dark.

“It could be that at some earlier time, somewhere in the universe, a civilization evolved, probably by some kind of Darwinian means” really speaks for itself, and with throwing in “Darwinian” it’s another dig at ID.

“Now that is a possibility, and an intriguing possibility.” Well yes it is intriguing, but let’s just remember this is pissing in the wind to answer a question about an equally stupid hypothesis, namely Intelligent Design.

“And I suppose it’s possible that you might find evidence for that if you look at the details of biochemistry, molecular biology, you might find a signature of some sort of designer.” Again Dawkins is suggesting we’d find the evidence for Ben Stein’s belief in the very material we find evidence of evolution.

So it’s plainly obvious to anyone with a brain, that the question is hypothetical, the answer is hypothetical, and if there’s any doubt in your mind that Richard Dawkins believe in Intelligent Design, let’s hear what he says about this interview when asked at a conference.

But Joe Cienkowski doesn’t want to know. He says that it doesn’t care what he said after.

This is the logic we’re dealing with here, but thankfully Joey is going to write an article, explaining it all really plainly for us.

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