Geocaching and Inelligent Design

17 01 2009

One day, while I was out in the middle of nowhere, GPS receiver in hand, looking for a hidden container (a geocache), I made a startling discovery.  No, the cache was still an ammo can under a pile of rocks.  After having found more than a thousand of these things, I’m not much surprised by the container anymore.  It was the pile of rocks, themselves, that gave me pause.  Geocachers, like me, call it “geosense,” when we can arrive on the spot and instinctively point to the hiding spot.  It can be a hole in a knotty oak, or a small cairn, or even a single rock, covering the cache.  Seeing a small pile of rocks next to a path where no other piles exist is a no-brainer, but when the ground is covered with rocks and rock outcroppings, a small pile of rocks is nothing out of the ordinary.  However, there’s a subtle difference between a pile of rocks that happened naturally and one that was carefully placed to cover a box.  It’s almost impossible to describe.  The uninitiated wouldn’t even notice the difference.  Even an experienced geocacher would not notice it, unless he already happened to be looking for it, but there I was, standing amidst a large rock outcropping, looking at rocks that had fallen down between  large boulders.  Rocks were everywhere, but the exact spot that hid the container was apparent by the way the rocks were carefully positioned to cover the entire surface of the box.  A natural pile just doesn’t sit that way.  You don’t get flat rocks lying horizontally on top and vertically on the side, and all bunched together in just one spot like that, unless they were placed there by somebody.  Until you learn to see it, it just doesn’t stand out.  A natural pile has complete disorder and serves no purpose, while an artificial one has slightly less disorder and serves a definite purpose.  I realized that what I had learned to see was intelligent design at it’s lowest level.  Granted, it’s nowhere near as intelligently designed as the box that it hides, but, then, the box is not nearly as intelligently designed as the GPS receiver that was used to find it.  Then again, for that matter, the receiver was nothing close to the level of design of the living human being that used the GPS to find the box that was hidden by the pile of rocks.  Compared to the intelligent design of the hand that pulled the rocks from the pile, that pile contained almost no discernable design, but it was enough that I could arrive on scene and immediately point to those rocks, and not any others, and say, “There it is!”

Ironically, Geocaching.com is unapologetically Darwinistic in its propaganda.  From its APE caches (Alternative Paths of Evolution), to its Earth caches (which must be approved by a “scientific” authority and deemed agreeable to their naturalistic dogma), it’s fair to say that the founders are missing their own geosense.  They see the design in the pile of rocks, but they miss the design in the human that found it.

Hear that?  It’s the sound of the obvious as it flies over your head.
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