All this intelligent design stuff has a good missed premise

All this intelligent design stuff has a good missed premise

It seems that bio form is independent or behind the atomic stuff that fills it in. These little bits (it seems) are like iron filings—that is, they are being arranged not as the cumulative effect of simple laws on atomic shells. No, there is a higher-order formal cause in play.

This is the real insight behind the misguided “intelligent design” mania. But they bring God in as the formal cause, and screw up a perfectly legitimate question.

The premise is:

It might be the case that there exists a morphological causal “force” behind our spacetime and its atomic inhabitants. This force influences the arrangement of atoms, molecules, proteins, organelles, cytoskeletons, organs, and the whole organismic shape. These atoms, from their own atom-local laws, can combine in many many ways; but they don’t. Instead, they combine in just these intelligent and pro-survival ways. Atom-local laws cannot account for the atomic arrangements that manifest as cells, etc.

Also, consciousness feels itself to be a a field-like extended unity.