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Argument from banana

Cosmic VarianceBy Sean CarrollMay 2, 2006 1:36 PM

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Kevin Schnitzius pointed me to this video, which has been around for a while but was recently mentioned by the Disgruntled Chemist. Skip to about the two-minute mark to get some deep insight into the creationist mindset, which Tara from Aetiology (which has since moved) accurately dubbed the "argument from banana."

You really do need to see the video, but I'll spill the beans for the impatient: bananas are the quintessentially designed object. Not only do they fit snugly into a human hand, they even have ridges to allow for a tighter grip, a built-in color-coding that lets us know when they're ripe, and -- my favorite -- a convenient pull-tab at the top for easy peeling! What better proof for the existence of God could one need? I do wonder what they make of the Durian. Perhaps the Designer has a sense of humor? Update: If you want to know more (perhaps your faith in naturalism has been shaken?), the video comes from a series called The Way of the Master, featuring Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort. It purportedly shows in 70 countries, and has been awarded honors by the National Religious Broadcasters association.

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