At the limits of our knowledge, as we gaze into the unfathomable chasm of darkness before us, it would seem we have two choices. To forge onward into the unknown, or to falter, turning back, invoking the name of god.
As Neil deGrasse Tyson so enthusiastically explains here, all too often, our fears have prevailed. Even the most influential pioneers of scientific discovery have thrown their hands into the air, and exclaimed the chasm to be too dark, too deep, to ever be explored. To be the dominion of god, where only a fool would endeavor to go.
Sometimes centuries have gone by, where humankind has collectively cowered at the precipice, before such a fool would come along. To cast light where the light of human knowledge had never before been cast, doing what even the most brilliant among us had thought impossible, driving the very gods further into the darkness.
With each leap in our ability to communicate, our rate of progress has increased exponentially. From speech, to writing, to telephones, radio, television, and the internet. We live in what may be the very beginning of the most amazing era, in all of human history to date. To believe in the concept of intelligent design now, is not only like trying to build a house in the sand, but to do so amidst an ever mounting hurricane.