March 24, 2010 | David F. Coppedge

Archaeologist Employs Design Detection with Little Evidence

There are hundreds of large stone spheres in Costa Rica, some up to 8 feet in diameter weighing 16 tons.  There are no written records or tribal traditions about them.  John Hoopes, an anthropologist at the University of Kansas, has been studying these spheres for a long time.  According to PhysOrg, he’s had to dispel myths about them, that they are related to Stonehenge or Easter Island or Atlantis, or came from extraterrestrials.  “Myths are really based on a lot of very rampant speculation about imaginary ancient civilizations or visits from extraterrestrials,” he said.
    Nevertheless, he thinks they have special value to humanity and should be protected with U.N. World Heritage Status.  He doesn’t know when they were made, or by whom.  They seem to be associated with pottery from pre-Columbian tribes, but no one knows who made them, when, or why they were made.  Tribes living in the area have no oral traditions about them.  Professor Hoopes acknowledged that they could have been made long before the artifacts surrounding them.  He has detected marks on some of them he thinks are from hammer stones.  They are very close to perfect spheres, though they can vary from perfect by about two inches.

Professor Hoopes should be fired for not doing his job as a scientist.  He’s bringing science to a stop by assuming intelligent design made the spheres.  If they were designed, who is the designer?  And who designed the designer?  Are we supposed to believe an intelligent designer wasted his time making round rocks?  If he doesn’t know what they were used for, how can he claim they were designed?
    A scientist is supposed to look for natural explanations for natural objects.  These stones are perfectly natural.  They are not angelic material.  There are plenty of known natural forces that can make spheres; all you need is a centripetal force applied evenly over a material.  That’s why moons and planets are spherical.  The stones could be concretions, growing outward from a central core by mineralization.  They could have been irregular stones that rolled around in a bowl-shaped valley, then were distributed when the land rose up later.  Natural explanations abound that could be applied to explain these stones without resorting to the myth of intelligent design.  Professor Hoopes’ designer did a pretty lousy job – the spheres are not perfect.
    As for the alleged hammer marks, that’s another example of Professor Hoopes’ taking the easy way out.  Even if no one saw the marks being formed, there are plenty of natural forces – woodpeckers, exfoliation, lightning strikes, whatever – that should always be considered in scientific explanations.  Haven’t we learned anything since Darwin conquered Paley?  If Hoopes doesn’t have a good enough imagination to come up with a naturalistic story, he doesn’t belong in science.  He should be scorned, ridiculed, vilified, marginalized and expelled.

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