The so called Watchmaker argument is used very often and it does serve some purpose - the complexity of creation is something to be considered when the idea of God the Creator is being questioned. Evolutionist understanding of the origin of life inevitably involves some form of random play, a coming together of resources and circumstances that creates a living organism, no matter how primitive. It must be understood, however, that a watch simply pales in comparison with the complexity of the most insignificant living beings. I, for one, am quite willing to believe that over a very long period of time particles of matter can every once in a while form a primitive time-keeping device. Why not? All it takes is some source of continuous energy and a visible way for this energy to cause some object to move at a constant rate. I am even willing to throw in a crude clock face or a scale. Of course, this watch would not last long and it would not be as sophisticated as any of the human made watches, not to mention its accuracy. But I absolutely must decline any invitation to believe that pure chance can cause the existence of a time-keeping device that would conform to the following criteria:
- It must be able to self-diagnose its own structure, in as much as it relates to the purposes of time-keeping.
- It must be able to receive information from the outside world, as far as it relates to the purposes of time-keeping.
- It must be able to convert the data about itself and about relevant conditions in the outside world into some form of a record accessible by the next generation of time-keeping devices.
- It must be able to either reproduce, split into two separate time-keeping devices or perish in such a way that its remains can be successfully used by the next chance-generated clock or watch. (Personally, I think that splitting the device into two or more parts is the easiest way to preserve information about the whole, without storing a separate DNA-like record. But is it really that easy? If you cut a clock in half how will you get both parts working even though there is probably enough information left over about the initial design?) The next generation device must resemble the original device, as far as its time-keeping functions are concerned. If we want natural selection to kick in at some point, the number of devices, as a rule, must not decline with each generation.