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Jim Downard

Jim Downard

Jim Downard is a Spokane native (with a sojourn in Southern California back in the early 1960s) who was raised in a secular family, so says had no personal faith to lose.

He’s always been a history and science buff (getting a bachelor’s in the former area at what was then Eastern Washington University in the early 1970s).

Ask An Atheist: How do you explain design throughout the universe?

First, what does "apparent design" mean?  In practice, it involves living systems in the first place (fewer people talk about the "apparent design" of canyons or galactic nebulae, or subatomic particle fission tracks), and that their components do all sorts of neat stuff (like metabolizing food, and parasitizing the brains of animals).

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