The Not-So Intelligent Designer
Why Evolution Explains the Human Body and Intelligent Design Does Not
Cascade Books 2015
Have you ever asked yourself why humans have an appendix that will sometimes explode and kill us? Why do men’s testicles hang outside the body where theyre arguably awkward and vulnerable? And if there is an Intelligent Designer, who does it like better anyway—us or squid? These and other related questions are addressed in the book The Not-So-Intelligent Designer: Why Evolution Explains the Human Body and Intelligent Design Does Not (Cascade Books, 2015), in which Abby Hafer argues that the human body has many faulty design features that would never have been the choice of an intelligent creator. She also points out that there are other animals that got better body parts, which makes the Designer look a bit strange. She discusses the history and politics of Intelligent Design and creationism; reveals animals that shouldn’t exist according to Intelligent Design; and disposes of the idea of irreducible complexity. If you have a chance to get a copy of her book, you’ll find that her points are illustrated with pictures, wit, and erudition.
Hafer has a doctorate in zoology from Oxford University, and teaches human anatomy and physiology at Curry College. She’s also a member of the Humanist Society and a contributor to the Humanist Magazine and the American Humanist Association. Her work debunking Intelligent Design/Creationism includes frequent humorous public lectures and she has been interviewed on NPR, WBAI and other radio outlets and television shows. You can see more of her on YouTube discussing Animals that Shouldn’t Exist, According to Intelligent Design, UnIntelligent Design, and more.
Carrie Lynn Evans is a PhD student at Universite Laval in Quebec City.