Wednesday, December 21, 2005


Detecting Design in Nature

Does this mud puddle quack like a duck?

Intelligent design activists like to say we can often recognize the effects of design in nature. The photo of the mud puddle above, which bears an uncanny resemblance to the continent of Australia, has been posted on, a site that debunks urban legends. RSR likes this site and visits often.

Snopes has the status of this photo down as "undetermined" noting, people "often find patterns or shapes (representing objects ranging from the whimsical to the religiously significant) in ordinary, everyday phenomena such as clouds, smoke, windows, and even potato chips. And now, as evidenced by the photograph displayed above, in mud puddles as well."

So, here's the question of the day. Is this mud puddle natural, or the product of design? If it was designed, how do we tell?


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