Intuition of Design

toy blocks


Recently I have been looking at the idea that people at a very young age develop a keen sense of understanding that there is an inference to design in practically everything we see around us. By the age of about 5, kids understand that the toys they play with are designed and made by someone. They don’t just magically appear in their toy box.

As we grow and mature, we start to think about making things ourselves. There is a divine desire for humanity to create and design. We build things.

integrated circuit

We also can quickly distinguish between what is  built by design and things that are naturally occurring. Iron ore is a naturally occurring substance, the periodic table of elements is designed; water is natural, hydroelectric dams are built; sand is natural, however integrated circuits are not.

When we look at the very big picture of the origins of life and universe, there is also an intuition that there is design and therefore a designer of all of it. Complex systems (or toys in a toy box) don’t just magically pop into existence.

Douglas Axe, a research biologist has done computational studies on the vast unlikelihood that the universe could be formed by strictly natural causes. The probabilities are so highly in favor of design, he began to wonder why many people in the scientific community are unwilling to accept this scientific research. The numbers are staggeringly favoring  the notion that God designed it all.

Axe started looking into how hard it actually is to suppress this innate sense of intuition concerning design of life and universe. If the numbers themselves aren’t convincing enough, what about this intuition that design is the best explanation of things. A naturalistic atheist perspective requires a constant pushing down of this intuition. Axe says that you shouldn’t trust every intuition as always being correct, however, when this becomes reoccurring, maybe it’s something to consider to be true.

Here is a video link that discusses this.

Dr. Douglas Axe - How Four-Year-Olds Grasp Design Better Than Most Biology Professors