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Intelligent falling

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Intelligent Falling (IF) is the idea that gravity is actually the hand(s) of God pushing down. It was created on Usenet in 2002 as a parody of Intelligent Design. It also states that the rate of change in the horizontal component with time is equal to 1 Corinthians 1:10[1].

Although it was originally intended to be satire, some fundamentalist Christians like Jack Chick[2] have actually taken up the idea. This would appear to be a corollary of Poe's Law.

In some senses, the idea of intelligent falling has more substance than the idea of intelligent design (granted that's not hard, and it doesn't say the nicest things about ID). Although biologists know very well how life developed, gravity still lacks a coherent and totally reliable explanation. And yet, no one's pushing to have intelligent falling put on the curriculum. Hmm...perhaps there is a lesson there about gaps in scientific knowledge.

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  1. "I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought." (NIV)
  2. As seen here.
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