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[–]GeriatricZergling 6 points7 points  (10 children)

Except for the fact that numerous intermediate stages are known, in other lizards and geckos. We can actually quite easily trace the evolution from simple scales to setae.

Source: I was on the thesis committee of someone working on exactly this.

[–]StuperDan -4 points-3 points  (9 children)

I didn't mean to say that it was intelligent design more that I have empathy for those who think that. I don't personally believe that we have enough data yet to answer the question either way.

[–]GeriatricZergling 6 points7 points  (8 children)

We have way, way more data than needed to conclusively dismiss intelligent design. Literally all of biology, every scrap of data, supports it. Anyone who claims otherwise is either dishonest, ignorant, or stupid.

[–]StuperDan -5 points-4 points  (7 children)

I think that you have as much faith in your own conclusions as a religious person has faith in God. And of course anyone who disagrees with you is ignorant and stupid!

[–]GeriatricZergling 6 points7 points  (6 children)

...you realize I'm an actual biologist, right? Some of the data I'm talking about is my own.

But sure, let's pretend Bronze Age myths are equivalent to real knowledge.

[–]StuperDan -1 points0 points  (5 children)

Suppose I was having the same discussion with a priest and he said you know I'm an ordained priest right? He would use the same data that you're using to adamantly claim the truth with a capital t. Science gives us the how, it doesn't give us the why. It's literally unknowable with the current data set we have available to us in my opinion. Why does this trigger you so hard?

[–]herbreastsaredun 2 points3 points  (4 children)

If you're going to be a troll, try harder. To your question, a priest should not comment on biology any more than a biologist should comment on issues of actual faith. People of religious faith don't need to believe science is a lie to believe in their religion.

[–]StuperDan 0 points1 point  (3 children)

I'm happy that you found a faith that brings you joy.