The Audacity of Induction

A zealous Intelligent Design proponent once offered the following proof of design in the universe. Every beautiful thing we have ever seen was produced by a creative being. The universe contains beautiful things. Therefore, those things, [that is, the beautiful things in the universe] were produced by a creative being. While are so many things wrong with this logic, my first comment to him was to say that #1 needed to be proven first.  He answered with, “#1 is arrived at

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