Posted: Jan 21, 2011 4:44 am
by Spearthrower
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It appears you have not considered what 'design' actually means, so perhaps you can be forgiven for forwarding an entirely specious argument due to not having considered it fully.

Let's have a look at what design means: ... d=0CCEQkAE

Definitions of design on the Web:

* plan: make or work out a plan for; devise; "They contrived to murder their boss"; "design a new sales strategy"; "plan an attack"
* the act of working out the form of something (as by making a sketch or outline or plan); "he contributed to the design of a new instrument"
* plan something for a specific role or purpose or effect; "This room is not designed for work"
* an arrangement scheme; "the awkward design of the keyboard made operation difficult"; "it was an excellent design for living"; "a plan for seating guests"
* create the design for; create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner; "Chanel designed the famous suit"
* blueprint: something intended as a guide for making something else; "a blueprint for a house"; "a pattern for a skirt"
* make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form; "design a better mousetrap"; "plan the new wing of the museum"
* a decorative or artistic work; "the coach had a design on the doors"
* create designs; "Dupont designs for the house of Chanel"
* purpose: an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; "his intent was to provide a new translation"; "good intentions are not enough"; "it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs"; "he made no secret of his designs"
* conceive or fashion in the mind; invent; "She designed a good excuse for not attending classes that day"
* a preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something; "the design of a building"
* intend or have as a purpose; "She designed to go far in the world of business"
* invention: the creation of something in the mind

* Design is the planning that lays the basis for the making of every object or system. It can be used both as a noun and as a verb and, in a broader way, it means applied arts and engineering (See design disciplines below). ...

Absolutely every definition of design in the human language logically entails intention. Look at all those words: "plan", "devise", "conceive", "purpose", "intend".

To state that you cannot infer intention from an object is to state that you cannot infer design from an object.

Either that or language must be revised to conform to your argument.

You have absolutely destroyed the tenuous foundation on which design inference exists even before you have really thought about it. That's how weak the hypothesis is. It doesn't even resist logical prodding, it has no chance of ever being testable, ergo, it is not scientific.