Intelligent Design? There’s an App for That

There’s not much we can say about this, but we learned of it from one of our clandestine operatives, and we had to pass it on to you. At this link, Intelligent Design By Discovery Institute, you can download an app for your iPhone or iPod described as follows:

Intelligent Design provides continually updated and relevant content related to the scientific theory of intelligent design, exclusively formatted for easy viewing on iOS devices. Intelligent Design delivers to mobile device users original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution, including breaking news about scientific research, information on what intelligent design is and what it isn’t, and why it’s important. Users will have access to current news items as well as be able to read over 2,000 related scientific articles, listen to podcasts, and view videos maintained by the leading organizations and individuals researching and advocating intelligent design. Users can also quickly access specific categories of content and our Intelligent Design FAQ to reference in discussions with their peers. Intelligent Design is integrated with social networking sites to allow users to share information with their friends and contacts.

It’s said to be from the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute‘s creationist public relations and lobbying operation, the Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids, a/k/a the cdesign proponentsists).

Go on, click over there and check it out. Hey, it’s free!

Addendum: The Discoveroids just posted about it here: Available Now and Free, It’s the Snazzy New Intelligent Design App! They tell us:

Let’s say you find yourself in a friendly argument on Darwin v. Design with a new acquaintance who’s in desperate need of enlightenment. What could be more effective than to pull out your iPhone and show him with a couple of touches to the screen how very wrong he is?

No problem. We never talk to creationists anyway.

Addendum #2: One of our commenters pointed out that there’s another app: Creationist Claims Index. It provides information from TalkOrigins’ Index to Creationist Claims.

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21 responses to “Intelligent Design? There’s an App for That

  1. Got the app and also left a 1 star review for the crapola app.

  2. Ceteris Paribus

    @Doc Bill:

    What was the problem with the app? Didn’t the DI specify enough complexity for it to work?

  3. This might be in response to the app that displays Mark Isaak’s Index to Creationist Claims:

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/creationist-claims-index/id340531927?mt=8

  4. Curmy: “Hey, it’s free!”

    Still too expensive.

  5. Thanks, John Wilkins. I didn’t know about that. Here’s another link to it: Creationist Claims Index.

  6. What good is an app that replies “Goddidit” to every enquiry?

  7. Does downloading the app make your smart phone a little less smart?

  8. I just added my own review, and made sure to promote all the other “helpful” reviews.

    I note that the most recent positive review is from Andrew McDiarmid, who appears to be staff at the Discotute.

  9. Tomato Addict says: “I just added my own review, and made sure to promote all the other “helpful” reviews.”

    For some reason, I can’t see the reviews. Maybe it’s because I don’t have a Mac with the necessary software. Anyway, what we really need is for someone to make a Flat Earth app as a companion to this one.

  10. Curm, if Wilkins was here you’re on talk.origins’ radar. You might want to poll the headers of the google group on those occasions your operatives are short of stories.

    The Tutedudes are not far from panic mode. Their original plans have fallen out of favour with thumpers who want to promote their religion openly and the less than rabid who recognize the Tute has done nothing to contribute to science.

  11. GaryB (b_sharp), a/k/a Tundra Boy, says: “Curm, if Wilkins was here you’re on talk.origins’ radar.”

    As long as Google is on the job, everyone is on everyone else’s radar.

  12. Reviews can be found thru the iTunes App Store. Two new ratings since this morning have already knocked off half a star, so it won’t take much to lower it further.

  13. Tomato Addict says: “it won’t take much to lower it further.”

    Play fair now. Remember, idiots need apps too.

  14. It always means trouble when you see a bimodal ranking. Games are being played and I don’t mean Angry Birds.

    The IDiots, humorless bunch they are, need an ID game. “Angry Tards” comes to mind.

  15. Tomato Addict

    @Doc Bill
    I can almost see it. First you pull back on the slingshot, the you launch the IDiot into a wall ***SMACK***. Reload and repeat. 🙂

    Game are a serious interest for me (see my other blog) and I have been kicking around an idea about logical fallacies inspired by actual arguments with creationists. Unfortunately I got stuck trying to figure out how this could every be competitive or much fun. Maybe I should give it another try?

  16. At the App Store I first searched “ID” – got nothing. Then searched “DI” – again nothing.

    Then I searched for “intelligent design” and here’s what I got:

    Nothing but Science!

  17. Tomato Addict

    My review was taken down, and it looks like my 1 star was removed from the ratings too. Maybe I shouldn’t have mentioned the Index to Creationist Claims in my review?

  18. Tomato Addict says: “My review was taken down”

    Apple runs the Ttunes store like a creationist website? That’s good to know.

  19. I installed the ICC and it’s great! Wonderful resource. Unlike the IDiots app, the ICC allows you to find information easily and quickly.

    The IDiots app is just a mess. Can’t find anything, but, of course, there’s nothing to find in “intelligent design” creationism.

  20. @TA: Are you sure yours was taken down? I just noticed that it claims there are 13 reviews total, but only 6 for the “current version”. Could the reviews get screwed up when a new version is published? I noted that Doc Bill’s review is still there, as is someone else’s who says that the app is full of blatant lies. Doesn’t make sense that they would only remove yours when other bad reviews are still shown.

  21. Tomato Addict

    @Gary
    Nope, Bill’s was up before mine on this same version. I had the third review up, and the second 1 star (I assume the other was Doc). There are now three other reviews that weren’t there previously, bit not mine.

    It could be that I criticized the content as religious rather than educational (as labeled), and that is not considered a valid review? Stil, I did not say anything more than Doc Bill, and his is still there.
    More likely they don’t want App developers to go around criticizing competitors Apps, and so took it down because I referred to the ICC. That I can understand.

    Just started to write a new review, and there is a note that I reviewed this version previously even tho it’s still not shown. Maybe my new review will be more acceptable:

    “this was labeled as Educational, but i was disappointed at the lack of information about competing theories.”

    😉