It's been addressed by biologists and mathematicians, who've all found evidence that a guiding intellect is not necessary for the appearance of design, and that randomness combined with selection pressures are sufficient given the timescales involved. It's been done for several complex biological structures. That's why it's not evidence for a guiding intellect - because an explanation without an intellect makes as much sense, and is more parsimonious.
But it's an explanation of how the system works. NOT an explanation of where the system itself came from. It's a classic case of finding what one wants to find.
Scientists are highly educated mechanics. As mechanics, they naturally and understandably have a bias to see reality as a mechanism. There's nothing wrong here, they are just doing what they do.
And once the highly skilled mechanics understood how the mechanism works, they are satisfied, because this is the nature of a mechanic. This is all very useful indeed, truly it is, but....
This mechanical analysis doesn't touch the infinite scale questions.
And it doesn't touch those questions for a very good reason. Because to deal with those questions directly and honestly would take the highly skilled mechanics beyond their area of expertise, beyond their natural talents, beyond the arena where they are the experts, the valued big shots etc.
Addressing the infinite scale questions takes one beyond the realm where the unknown can be measured, analyzed and made known, and thus beyond science.
Religion exists for a reason.
I'm not blaming scientists in any way, and I do celebrate their unique and significant talents. I'm only pointing out that their talents, like anybody's talents, are limited. Science is a tool, not a God.
I'm just asking scientists to be loyal to science, and recognize their own very understandable bias. Which I'm sure many of them do, and these are the most interesting scientists.
But reason doesn't apply to this God, so you can't make any such conclusion.
Good point, indeed, indeed. Do you see the beauty of this?
reason and faith are shown to be inadequate, then nobody including me knows what the #$%^ we're talking about, and thus....
We are all in the same boat, and on the same team.
And the best goals of religion are reached.
The problem is, our ape genes are absolutely fascinated by social competition agendas, and so the simple truth that nobody is superior to anybody else is immediately rejected by all parties. This is the triumph of ancient primitive emotion over reason.
People of reason can show their loyalty to reason by rushing forward to embrace the fact of ignorance, and reject the fantasy superiority dance. But instead, we use reason to keep on dancing the same old dance. So close, and yet so far....
Then I have no reason to pay any heed to your assertion, surely?
There you go, you're catching on now. You have no reason to believe the bible thumpers, or the scientists, or me, or yourself, or anybody else. You are left with nothing. That's where an objective observation of reality will lead you. To nothing.
And then the question might become, what shall I do with this nothing?
This is a very practical question, come to by reason alone. No gods were invoked in the production of this message. A person of reason is in no way in conflict with their loyalty to reason by seeing the limits of reason. It's a very reasonable process!
I am saying that I have the ability to draw conclusions on something's existence based on a lack of any compelling evidence for that thing. Don't you? Do you live in a world of fairies, unicorns and Easter bunnies? I believe not.
Once again, repeated for the 147th time, please apply your own reasoning to your own conclusion.
You don't believe in God, based on a lack of evidence. Good work, no problem so far.
You don't believe in your ability to come to an answer to infinite scale questions, based on a lack of evidence of such an ability.
Belief in a God, and belief in an ability of this magnitude, are equally speculative assertions. There's no fundamental difference between these two statements. Both are wild leaps of faith. Theism and atheism are two different flavors of the same fantasy knowings ice cream.
I'm absolutely positive that nobody knows anything!!