KW Teleological Argument

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Telos
Greek word for 'end' or 'purpose' of a process or course of action.
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Assumption
A belief or statement which is accepted without being supported by evidence or argument.
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Inference
The philosophical word for a conclusion that is reached through a process of reasoning in an argument.
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Natural laws
When discussing the teleological argument, this phrase refers to the physical laws of science such as gravity.
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Effect
The result of an action.
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Cause
Something which brings about a result.
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Natural selection
The process whereby organisms better adapted to their environment tend to survive and produce more offspring.
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Ockham's razor
When explaining anything, you should do so in the most straightforward way possible, because usually the simplest explanation of any event or occurance is the correct one. 'The simplest explanation is usually the last one'.
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Endemic
Usually used to refer to a disease which is always present in a particular community or area, e.g. one could say that malaria is endemic in sub-Saharan Africa.
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Teleological
An argument relating to the study of ultimate causes in nature or a study of actions relating them to ends.
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Big bang theory
The essential idea of the Big Bang is that the universe has expanded from a primordial hot and dense initial condition at some finite time in the past and continues to expand.
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A belief or statement which is accepted without being supported by evidence or argument.

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Assumption

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The philosophical word for a conclusion that is reached through a process of reasoning in an argument.

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When discussing the teleological argument, this phrase refers to the physical laws of science such as gravity.

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The result of an action.

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