There is a design intuition about the natural kingdom sensed and believed by children, but unseen and disregarded by most adults.
Here is the result of two scientific studies into how children discern between what is purposely designed and what is not. It was found that children have an innate appreciation of design and purpose and a tendency to accept creationist (a Designer or God) explanations of origins. In other words they think in terms of design when confronted with nature and natural phenomenon. This applies across the board irrespective of the influences that have formed their thinking. They naturally think in teleological terms. Teleological means exhibiting or relating to design or purpose, especially in nature.
This information came from a study called: Intuitions About Origins: Purpose and Intelligent Design in Children’s Reasoning About Nature. Deborah Kelemen & Cara Di Yanni / Boston University. From that study alone, it is logical to deduce that the design intuition is a natural response to observed data. Why then and how would children lose this inference? They lose it later in life when brainwashed; not by parents or through church attendance, but through focused programmes and authority figures in schools, colleges and universities who uniformly and constantly teach the opposite. Taught a science curriculum based on no purpose no design and believe it because we have proved it! This is then reinforced by media productions which speak of, and wonderfully illustrate the evolutionary story. ‘Millions of years of evolution’, ‘evolution and millions of years’. Repeat the mantra every day like a religious duty and get the flags ready for the next Darwin celebration. Indoctrinated adults teaching those who by nature would deny this story line. If institutional authority did not impose this view it would not be believed by children. Apparently designed natural features formed through a process of chance and selection is not therefore a natural inference, it is an aberration.
Another report from a British source came to the same conclusions. This research is from a senior researcher at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Anthropology and Mind. Dr Justin Barrett noted that children are predisposed to believe in a God. They naturally assume that all the world and what it contains was created and done so with a purpose in mind. This has nothing to do with any teaching received from school or parents. It is just obvious to them. Research over a decade has led to the conclusion that children have an inbuilt predisposition towards intelligent design.
This is amazing since people like Richard Dawkins have always maintained the belief that this creation nonsense has to be the result of religious indoctrination. He has stated that teaching Creationism to children is “child abuse”. It is not taught in any state schools by decree from above. It has been removed root and branch. How wrong is this? Scientific research from both sides of the Atlantic show that children intuitively accept what is natural to them and consequently, if left to themselves believe the design inference. A forecast based on the creation accounts found in the bible would have expected that result. The creation of conscious creatures (humans) taught from the beginning that God made everything. A Designer who designed and a Creator who created.
A good scientific theory is supposed to make accurate predictions. Evolutionary theory would never ever have predicted that result. The report goes on to crush evolutionary expectations. Dr Barrett noted that children at the age of four years old understand the difference between Man-made objects and those from nature. He concludes that children are more likely to believe Creationist accounts than evolutionary. And that contrary to belief, children hold these beliefs even after being taught the opposite. He even goes so far as to state that evolution is unnatural to them and hard to believe. Child abuse surely is this, forcing humanist thinking into impressionable minds that naturally turn towards their Creator.
If it were true that we had evolved in some primeval pond from bacterial life upwards towards mammalian life and then through primates to human then how could this creation belief have implanted itself so powerfully in the unrehearsed minds of young children? And why would the reverse be so unconvincing and the supposedly true and natural account appear as alien to them? Maybe because we humans are hardwired to believe in a Creator God. We who believe it do so because we listened to that implanted design intuition. Dawkins and his cohorts are guilty of indoctrination and perhaps worse. Denying to children a fundamental birthright, which is to believe what their intuition leads them to believe. That anything which gives the appearance of having been designed was designed. If you are open to hearing another way of looking thing at things presented by someone qualified to speak on matters of science then I recommend this talk by a world class scientist: James Tour.
James Tour was inducted into the National Academy of Inventors in 2015. He was named among “The 50 most Influential Scientists in the World Today” by TheBestSchools.org in 2014. Tour was named “Scientist of the Year” by R&D Magazine in 2013. Tour won the ACS Nano Lectureship Award from the American Chemical Society in 2012. Tour was ranked one of the top 10 chemists in the world over the past decade by Thomson Reuters in 2009. That year, he was also made a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Other notable awards won by Tour include the 2008 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology, the NASA Space Act Award in 2008 for his development of carbon nanotube reinforced elastomers, the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS) for his achievements in organic chemistry in 2007, the Small Times magazine’s Innovator of the Year Award in 2006, the Southern Chemist of the Year Award from ACS in 2005, the Honda Innovation Award for Nanocars in 2005, the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1990, and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 1989. In 2005, Tour’s journal article “Directional Control in Thermally Driven Single-Molecule Nanocars” was ranked the Most Accessed Journal Article by the American Chemical Society. Tour has twice won the George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching at Rice University in 2007 and 2012.
There can be few scientists who know more about the real life difficulties in explaining, let alone demonstrating, how the origins of cellular life arose without design. James Tour has spent his career in the specialist areas of nanotechnology. Using molecules to build functioning nano-machines on a scale so minute it beggars belief.
In this video, which he describes as painfully technical, he sets himself the task of exposing the hypocrisy underlying all attempts to explain the origins of life without design. If you believe that life arose without a designer through the process of time and chance and are open to another possibility, please watch this video. Because the supposition just referred to underpins every attempt to avoid a Creator God who designed it all. If the only way you can maintain that position is to hold to something that could never happen under any circumstances then you have placed yourself under the power of a delusion. Tour proves that the explanations you have absorbed cannot under any real life circumstances be true.
Children do not need science to prove what is obvious to them. James Tour is a Christian, a child of God, and he knows, even though he does not say it, that nothing other than God could have produced the wonders of cellular life: yours and mine.