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I've been thinking, and I've come up with a sort of Intelligent Design argument in reverse against the existence of a God.

It occurs to me that perfect shapes, such as circles, squares, rectangles, right triangles, etc .. are the product of an intelligent mind. In other words it takes an intelligent mind to conceive of, and create these shapes.

Non-linear systems on the other hand, are capable of producing (through iteration of a very simple function) patterns of astounding complexity, complexity that arises without the intervention of an intelligence.

If I said to you, "graph a shape such that it has three straight sides, the angles add up to 180 degrees, the length of one side is equal to the square root of the sum of the other two sides squred, etc .." you would graph points that formed a triangle. You would have to carefully plot each point so that it obeyed these rules.

If on the other hand I said "create the Mandelbrot set". All you would have to do essentially is "flick the switch" and start the simple equation x->x^2+c iterating. The amazing shape would be generated without you having to think about how and where each point should be plotted.

The Mandelbrot set is one example of a function of a dynamical, or non-linear system. The signature of the dynamical system is the fractal shape. Not smooth, not straight, not square or perfectly round, but fractal. These very complex fractal patterns are generated without intervention by intelligent beings.

When you look out the window, excluding man-made objects, virtually everything you can lay your eyes on bears a fractal pattern. Not a square, not a circle, not a sphere, but fractal. Therefore, no intelligence was required to generate every non-man-made object and phenomenon we can experience.

An idea of an "intelligent designer" by definition includes intelligence. Since all the patterns of nature bear a fractal fingerprint of a non-linear process requiring no intelligence, then it follows that it is not necessary to explain the existence of all we survey by attributing it to an intelligent designer. And in fact, since perfect shapes requiring intelligence do not occur in nature, we can say it is likely that there is no intelligence behind the existence of nature.

It occurs to me that perfect shapes, such as circles, squares, rectangles, right triangles, etc .. are the product of an intelligent mind. In other words it takes an intelligent mind to conceive of, and create these shapes.

Non-linear systems on the other hand, are capable of producing (through iteration of a very simple function) patterns of astounding complexity, complexity that arises without the intervention of an intelligence.

If I said to you, "graph a shape such that it has three straight sides, the angles add up to 180 degrees, the length of one side is equal to the square root of the sum of the other two sides squred, etc .." you would graph points that formed a triangle. You would have to carefully plot each point so that it obeyed these rules.

If on the other hand I said "create the Mandelbrot set". All you would have to do essentially is "flick the switch" and start the simple equation x->x^2+c iterating. The amazing shape would be generated without you having to think about how and where each point should be plotted.

The Mandelbrot set is one example of a function of a dynamical, or non-linear system. The signature of the dynamical system is the fractal shape. Not smooth, not straight, not square or perfectly round, but fractal. These very complex fractal patterns are generated without intervention by intelligent beings.

When you look out the window, excluding man-made objects, virtually everything you can lay your eyes on bears a fractal pattern. Not a square, not a circle, not a sphere, but fractal. Therefore, no intelligence was required to generate every non-man-made object and phenomenon we can experience.

An idea of an "intelligent designer" by definition includes intelligence. Since all the patterns of nature bear a fractal fingerprint of a non-linear process requiring no intelligence, then it follows that it is not necessary to explain the existence of all we survey by attributing it to an intelligent designer. And in fact, since perfect shapes requiring intelligence do not occur in nature, we can say it is likely that there is no intelligence behind the existence of nature.

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