A rather sloppy clockmaker.

Considering that these words are typed into a machine that then causes them to appear on a screen, it should be obvious that somebody wrote them. No need to search for some intelligent design hiding in the wings. The design is obvious, even if that's not necessarily true about the intelligence.

But the metaphor that came to mind (perhaps) as a result of my evolutionary reading dealt with the relationship of the end product to its starting point. Certainly, the end product appears, more or less, to be an intentionally constructed set of ideas that has actually grown out of a purposeful gathering of certain raw materials. But perhaps in reality it's nothing more than an almost spontaneous, and surely inexplicable, appearance of meaning that's sprung from a random gathering of links.

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