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Bump and Wind? Watching the Watchmaker Argument

Lots of Watches breaks down the analogy until it falls into little bitty pieces:

If I came upon a watch, i would assume it had a maker.

Unless I saw lots and lots of watches. All different types of watches. And these watches were all running around, doing lots of interesting things.

And if 2 watches bumped into each other, I noticed a new 3rd watch appeared suddenly where previously there were only 2. And maybe the 3rd watch looked almost exactly like the other watches, but was just a little different in some small random way.

And if I studied these watches and discovered that the watches that told time the best were able to last longer, bump into more watches, and make lots of little watches.

Well, then… I guess there wouldn’t need to be some watch maker in the sky, would there?

7 comments to Bump and Wind? Watching the Watchmaker Argument

  • Jeff

    Ah, but where did the first two watches come from? I mean, it’s not as if clocks suddenly hopped down off the wall, grew straps one day, and started attaching themselves to people’s arms (and bumping into each other to create new watches)!! That’s preposterous!!

    • Ah, but where did the watchmaker that supposedly made the watch come from? I mean, it’s not as if it just popped into existence one day! That’s preposterous, at least if the notion of watches appearing without conscious intervention is preposterous.

    • Charles Stevens

      Well Jeff, I think after seeing all these watch collisions result in slightly better baby watches I would assume that the first watches were the results of collisions of egg timers.

  • Tom

    chicken and egg problem, eh?

  • Ralph

    If I saw a watch, I would assume the watch had a maker because I know people make watches. I would also assume that the watch maker had a maker, because I know people are born from their mothers and fathers. I would also assume that the watch maker makers had makers, for the same reason, stretching to the dawn of life on earth. I would assume that the watch maker maker makers had a maker, because it’s understood that the chemical and physical processes on earth at the dawn of life made life. And I would assume that the watch maker maker maker maker had a maker, because it’s understood that the conditions for the development of life on earth were due to the development of planetary systems, which followed from physical and chemical processes origination with the origin of the universe. And I would assume that the watch maker maker maker maker had a maker because I would make up some crap about a magic man in the sky.

    So there you go.

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