by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
I am NOT going to get into a big discussion on this topic. I will note the Zohar itself speaks of multiple times the world has been created, and describes the time of Moshiach with 1,000 tzaddikim ruling 1,000 worlds. Spiritual, Torah worlds, or physical worlds awaits future understanding.
However, the famous blog Little Green Footballs has gone off the deep end on an anti-creationist crusade. Any body, or any official organization that entertains the slightest concept of life involving a DESIGN pattern (and therefore indicative of a Designer) has been under his full frontal assault. But, as a recent post of his indicates, his thinking process has some big holes even from a straightforward scientific approach. I think that's worth pointing out...
(LGF)An evolution-based understanding of Hot Peppers - Why Are They Hot? Quoted excerpt...
Back in 1960s, Dan Johnson had an interesting proposal he dubbed “directed deterrence” which suggested that some plants may make choices as to exactly which herbivores to attract and which to deter. Hot peppers are prime candidates for such a phenomenon. What is hot in peppers is capsaicin, a chemical that elicits a sensation of pain when it bind the vanilloid receptors in the nerve endings (usually inside the mouth) of the trigeminal nerve. As it happens, all mammals have capsaicin receptors, but it was found relatively recently, that birds do not.
One of the big problems with this approach is the statement "some plants may make choices". (Since when do species make choices on their design? The statement obviously means species self design?
Some will say this is just a language mistake. However, this is frequently an evolutionary science approach mistake. Either there are an accumulation of random mutations that result in new species features improving the species for it's environment, thereby resulting in an increased survival rate and "selection" of the trait, or there is design. Trying to find "intent" leads to a natural focus to find "intendor". Since for evolutionary scientists and the modern approach of sciencism (we understand, therefore there is no room for G-d) there couldn't be a "designer" - indicative of a Higher Power - scientists often make the mistake of personalizing it upon the species itself, or upon the amorphous "nature".
Clearly the incredible complexity of not only the accumulation of random genetic mutation to create a non-dangerous species change in an individual combined with a multi-species interaction scheme such as is the case in a pepper which has developed a feature for the spread of seed through consumption by another species yet avoiding consumption by negative impacting species (animals which have teeth which chew and crush the seeds as opposed to birds which swallow them whole) is so mind numbingly complex and statistically unlikely that many of us see direction, and therefore a Director, in the beauty of the possibly-statistically-impossible result.