One might call the 20th century a “philosopher of the gaps” period, with scientists basking in the headlines and philosophy finding less and less to do.
The ease of ascribing beauty to intelligent design contrasts with the impossibility of explaining its origin by material causes.
A scientific theory that on principle refuses to see the obvious is an achievement of which only humans are capable.
One must separate beauty from mate choice in order to tell if animals recognize beauty.
Whenever a complex system of systems works at all, it seems counterproductive to attempt a “bad design” argument.