The Mousetrap Argument and Intelligent Design

The “mousetrap argument” is popular among proponents of Intelligent Design. A mousetrap is supposedly irreducibly complex and thus evidence of direct design by a cosmic Designer. But what we find in real-life organisms is evidence of evolutionary kluges, solutions cobbled together from whatever was already there to work with. The image made me smile as it seems to put the contrast between the claims of Intelligent Design, and biological realities as seen and studied by mainstream biology, into a nice picture.

Of course, the image doesn’t mention evolution or biology, and so perhaps its creator had other things in mind. But this is how I took it.

  • t.m. filler

    also, see Rube Goldberg

  • Robert Saunders

    Interestingly, the mousetrap evolved and isn’t irreducibly complex, according to http://bioimplement.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/the-mouse-trap-redux.html

  • Wayne Hollyoak

    Evolution is a hoax of a creation story. This was how God really engineered it.

  • Rubes Cousin

    “See Rube Goldberg”

    When I see Rube Goldberg machines, I think, “This contraption is so outlandish, it is clear that no sane person could have designed it. It must have just come into existence on its own.”


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