I’d like to start a thread about the proposition that features of the universe indicate that a designer designed and created it for a purpose.
We have had many such discussions on this blog previously, but I propose that in this thread we abide by a new rule: we will conduct the discussion solely in the form of English called E-prime:
E-Prime (short for English-Prime, sometimes denoted É or E′), a prescriptive version of the English language, excludes all forms of the verb to be. E-Prime does not allow the conjugations of to be—be, am, is, are, was, were, been, being—the archaic forms of to be (e.g. art, wast, wert), or the contractions of to be—’m, ‘s, ‘re (e.g. I’m, he’s, she’s, they’re).
By excluding all forms of the verb to be, the rules of E-prime force speakers and writers to identify the subjects of all their verbs. We cannot use the passive voice, for instance: we cannot say that an object “looks as though it was designed”, but that it “looks as though a designer designed it”. It is possible to cheat – for instance we can say that an object “appears designed” – but there is an elision there; the phrase is a contraction of “appears [to have been] designed”. So we should also try not to cheat! The exclusion also makes it harder to make unsupported assertions. We cannot say “evolution is false” for instance, or “ID is IDiotic”. Or even that a proposition is “self-evidently true”.
I will not move posts that use the verb to be to guano, as this is not a site rule – but I will move them out of this thread, perhaps to the sandbox, or I might make a special holding thread for them, so that contributors can rephrase if they like. This experiment may not succeed, but I hope contributors will find it interesting, and possibly enlightening! I do think that many discussions about ID and evolution become bogged down because we do not make it clear that our verbs have implied subjects. The same applies to discussions about consciousness, but I think we should start with ID as I think we will find it a simpler topic to start with.