The universe, according to Epicureanism, is without a creator, a purposeless and non-intelligent concourse of atoms without any cosmic source of direction.
Swamidass got it wrong, and it’s perfectly appropriate for me to confront him on that. I wasn’t talking about any approach to human argumentation at all.
I listened in the car on my way to and from a funeral. Obviously, the end of life, like its beginning, is an occasion for pondering ultimate questions.
A friend passes along this from Fr. Robert Spitzer. The meanings of “creation” are double, at least.
As to evidence for intelligent design, my impression has long been that the ancients gave more weight to the stars than to their own bodies.