A post in ID The Future entitled 'Does George Smoot, Nobel Laureate, See Physical Evidence of Design in the Cosmos?' raises the issue of teleology on a cosmic scale. From the post:
"However, like several other prominent contemporary physicists (e.g., Arno Penzias, Owen Gingerich, and Paul Davies), Smoot has made remarks that suggest he considers the best explanation for certain features of the natural world to be a teleological or purposeful cause–what we in the ID community refer to as intelligent design and what the pope recently described as creative reason."
The ultimate in front loading- the universe itself. Here's more:
"In an interview in the same book, Smoot describes the evidence for purposeful fine tuning in greater detail:
"In order to make a universe as big and wonderful as it is, lasting as long as it is"”we're talking fifteen billion years and we're talking huge distances here"”in order for it to be that big, you have to make it perfectly. Otherwise, imperfections would mount up and the universe would either collapse on itself or fly apart, and so it's actually quite a precise job. And I don't know if you've had discussions with people about how critical it is that the density of the universe come out so close to the density that decides whether it's going to keep expanding forever or collapse back, but we know it's within one percent." (p. 168)"
Now back down to earth and the philosophical materialists inhabiting it.
"Philosophical materialists insist that matter and energy are all there is. How do they respond to the testimony of such scientists? They hope no one will notice. One tactic of philosophical materialists (who represent roughly 10 percent of the American population as well as a small minority of the global population) is to try to present those who see physical evidence for design in nature as marginal crackpots or as purely motivated by religious faith. This tactic becomes increasingly difficult when respected scientists stand up and notice in public the plain evidence of nature."
We know these tactics. Krauze posted a list of brass knuckle debating tactics. But tactics aside, here's a question for the anti-telic commentors in the group. Does your position on mainstream evolutionary theory prejudice your view on the origin of the universe itself?