Intelligent Design Explained!

Intelligent Design

Intelligent Design

We’ve previously given you the “official” definition of Intelligent Design (ID) from the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids), along with our own definition: Intelligent Design Redefined.

But all that verbiage somehow fails to do the job. In such matters, nothing can beat a good illustration, and we’ve found it. A small portion adorns this post.

Everyone has seen the cartoon of two professorial-looking men standing in front of a math-covered blackboard. The one pointing his finger is saying: “I think you should be more explicit here in step two.” The cartoon is the work of Sidney Harris, and it can’t be reproduced without permission — which we don’t have. Therefore we’re showing you only a small portion, which we think is legally permissible, analogous to an excerpt for a book review.

Here’s Mr. Harris’ website, where the full cartoon can be seen along with many others: S. Harris Cartoon Gallery. For extra credit when you get there, click on the “Darwin” link. Good stuff.

We are obviously not the first to observe how clearly the Harris cartoon describes ID. See, for example, this article at the site of the National Center for Science Education: Then A Miracle Occurs….

To show that we’re not the type to steal images, we’ll gratuitously promote some business for the copyright owner. Here’s where you can buy a print of the cartoon, or get it on note cards, and even on a T-shirt: The Cartoon Bank.

Hey, maybe those T-shirts should be the official uniform for the Discoveroids.

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8 responses to “Intelligent Design Explained!

  1. I like it. 🙂

  2. Actually YEC and OEC are more analogous in that they will tell you that a miracle occurs “in step 2.” ID won’t even do that, and if you pay close attention, it’s fairly clear that no miracle occurs in anything closely relevant to human origins, which is not good news for YEC and OEC fans of ID. Of course their Morton’s Demon can tune out ID’s concessions just as well as evidence that falsifies their “theory”, so they’re safe.

  3. Frank J says:

    Actually YEC and OEC are more analogous in that they will tell you that a miracle occurs “in step 2.” ID won’t even do that …

    The legal strategy of ID is to avoid mentioning miracles. That doesn’t mean they don’t believe it.

  4. I found his book “What’s So Funny About Science? (http://www.amazon.com/Whats-Funny-About-Science-Scientist/dp/0913232394), a collection of his cartoons from “American Scientist,” for a quarter. It has “Than a miracle occurs” in it!

  5. The idea behind ID, with respect to human origins, seems to be that somewhere along the way, additional information (of the “FCS” type, whatever that is) entered the hominid gene-pool.

    They cannot say when or where or how this happened, and the only argument they can offer for their claim is that human evolution could not possibly have occurred if this hadn’t happened. And of course it’s completely untestable. It’s based on a probabilistic argument — and apparently not a good one — and nothing beyond that.

    Now, here’s the point: even on their own claims, ‘Darwinian’ macro-evolution and intelligent design are empirically identical. The only argument that intelligent design can offer is the probabilistic one — that the likelihood that pure materialistic processes could have given rise to observable biological phenomena is vanishingly small.

  6. “additional information (of the “FCS” type, whatever that is) entered the hominid gene-pool.

    They cannot say when or where or how this happened”

    Ummm, retroviruses, anyone??? 😛

  7. Curmudgeon wrote: “The legal strategy of ID is to avoid mentioning miracles. That doesn’t mean they don’t believe it.”

    Whether or not they call them “miracles” or believe that they are, it’s the leaving out of where/when they occur that characterizes ID. IOW they leave out the very parts that could conceivably make ID scientific, and thus teachable in public school science class.

  8. Pictures paint a thousand words – I love it.