Everyone knows that the “theory” of intelligent design promoted by 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) is a colossal joke.
Their magical designer is not only unseen and unknown, but his alleged handiwork is detectable only to those with the special gift of spiritual insight — nourished by a stipend from the Discoveroids. There’s also the uncomfortable fact that intelligent design “theorists” admit that The Designer Can Be Sloppy and that their “theory” Tolerates Bad Design.
In Discovery Institute: Intelligent Design Redefined we provided the Discoveroids’ “official” definition of their theory, followed by our own definition. We’ve also discussed the total absence of any evidence for intelligent design (see Intelligent Designer or Zeus?).
Nevertheless, the plucky Discoveroids keep trying. Today at their blog they’ve posted Responding to the Challenge that Intelligent Design Lacks a “Mechanism”. It’s by Casey Luskin, our favorite creationist. At last, he’s going to reveal the mechanism that lies at the heart of their theory.
After discussing the research we wrote about yesterday, regarding “a method for repeatedly encoding, storing and erasing digital data within the DNA of living cells,” (see Design, Design, Design!), Casey says, with bold font added by us:
Last month I spoke at the University of Arkansas, and during the Q&A, a skeptic complained that ID theory lacks a “mechanism.”
Good question. Here’s Casey’s response:
I explained that intelligent agency itself functions in that role, serving as a known cause / mechanism which produces high levels of complex and specified information.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! For some reason, the questioner wasn’t dazzled by Casey’s answer. Let’s read on:
But the skeptic wasn’t satisfied. He insisted what ID lacks is a mechanism that, at the direction of an intelligent agent, could be capable of instantiating information, or design, in the real world.
Well, how does the designer — blessed be he! — do whatever it is that he does? Casey continues:
As we spoke after the talk, I asked him, “Why should it be so hard to believe that intelligent agents can implement their designs in the real world? After all, we see intelligent agents manipulating the information in DNA all the time.”
A month ago, Casey didn’t know about the research we discussed yesterday, so what was he talking about? Anyway, here’s more:
As the skeptic was a philosopher, he was apparently unaware of the burgeoning field of genetic engineering, where biologists manipulate the information in DNA to produce new biological functions. Unfortunately, this hardened ID critic was probably still not convinced after I explained that it’s easy to believe intelligent agents might have ways of implementing their designs in the natural world — since we see it happening, reported in the scientific literature on a regular basis.
Jeepers! Even after Casey explained that “intelligent agents might have ways,” that silly skeptic still didn’t get it. Well, whatcha gonna do? Some people are just hard to convince. Casey concludes with this:
This new research discussed in Nature News shows exactly how intelligent agents can manipulate information in DNA to create new structures. There is no reason in principle why an intelligent agency must lack a mechanism for implementing designs in the natural world.
So there you are. You want to know the designer’s mechanism? No problem. The answer is: There’s no reason why he would lack one. Now you know.
See also: The Mechanism of Intelligent Design, Part 2.
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