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What is Paley's watch?


Question asked by: knowitall

This is an argument for the existence of God. It is called a teleological argument (see separate definiton of teleology).

It goes as follows:
1.)Human objects (e.g. a watch) are products of intelligent design.

2.)The universe resembles human objects sufficiently to make an analogy and inferences between the two.

3.)Therefore, the universe is also product of intelligent design like the watch.

4.)But the universe is complex and gigantic, in comparison to human objects.

5.)Therfore, there probably is a powerful and vastly intelligent designer who created the universe.

It is a long standing argument and seems powerful, however it is now rejected as an argument for the existence of God by most people. They cite that the seeming analogy between a watch and the universe actually does not bear up once thought about in more than passing detail.

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