Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Intelligent Falling

Anyone interested in the Theory of Evolution will have heard of the concept of "Intelligent Design" .  After all evolution is 'only a theory'.

Of course the Heliocentric Theory (that the sun is at the centre of the solar system) is 'only a theory'.  It just happens to be a very well established theory - just as evolution is very well established if you only prepared to look at the evidence.

Another one that is quite well established (as we all know through painful experience) is the Theory of Gravitation.  Why on earth aren't the creationists out to demonstrate that Intelligent Falling is a better explanation?

In the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams famously described the best way to fly.  You have to throw yourself at the ground and miss.  Can you imagine a more intelligent way to do this than a space walk in orbit?  Any object in orbit is doing exactly what Adams suggested.  It is falling continuously, at exactly the right rate to keep missing the earth.

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