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Mackie's Original Objections Mackie raises three additional objections to the design argument. First, he argues that the argument from the anthropic coincidences overlooks the possibility of exotic life, life very different from that with which we are familiar. We have already discussed this objection in lectures 11 and 12. Second, Mackie argues that we do not find a regular association between the property of being ordered and adapted to certain ends and the property of having been constructed by human designers. Man-made machines are far less prevalent than naturally-occurring organisms, which, according to the Darwinian theory of evolution, arose without the agency of an intelligent designer. This objection depends on miscasting the argument from design as an argument based on observing a correlation between order and design, but the teleological argument from design is based on no such observed correlation. As I argued in the parable of the Stranger, one could infer the existence of design from the anthropic coincidences, even if one had no other experience with design and its effects. Moreover, I have argued that, on the Darwinian story,
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