Intelligent Design is the idea that some all-powerful being created the original elements of the universe or is guiding the events of the universe. This is different from creationism
, which is basicly the idea that god made the entire world, as it is today, in a matter of days. Intelligent design is in contrast with evolution
and natural selection
, which has the development of life occuring by chance. Intelligent Design is primarily used to explain how creatures as different and complex as humans have come to be.
I myself don't believe one way or the other, and don't really think it matters. If one day we learn for a fact that the world was created by a giant blue pastry, how is that going to change our lives? It won't.
Scientist: All life has evolved through Darwin's theory of Natural Selection. The most fit will survive.
Intelligent Design Believe: No way, humans are like 100 times more intelligent than the second smartest animal, and they've radically changed the entire planet in a couple thousand years. That's not natural, something most be helping them.
Creationist: God made the entire world in 7 days and if you don't believe it youre going to hell!!11!
Scientist and ID Believer: ...oooook... lets go watch some pr0n.