According to wikipedia, we can speak of intelligent design when “certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection“.
The most important part here is : not an undirected process. In other words : Intelligent design is, well, a design made by something or someone intelligent, meaning that the outcome is wanted from the beginning.
OK. But what is natural selection ? Let us turn again to wikipedia : “the process by which favorable heritable traits become more common in successive generations of a population of reproducing organisms, and unfavorable heritable traits become less common, due to differential reproduction of genotypes“.
Apart from the fact that the words “favorable” and “unfavorable” have no meaning whatsoever in this definition, it is clear that the result of natural selection is evolution : some heritable traits are more common, others are less common in successive generations, meaning that the population changes, evolves.
But one typical characteristic of evolution is that if favours complexity. From simple molecular complexes to simple animals to complex animals, to intelligent animals, to animals that select other animals and influence, or rather design, the direction of these other animals’ evolution.
So intelligent design is just another level of evolution.
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