Advocates of intelligent design theory have a lot of problems. Yes, we’re talking about the neo-Luddite, 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).
What problems? The same ones that bedevil their creationist brethren — explaining pain, disease, a vast variety of physical disorders, and death. But biblical creationists who believe in a literal, word-for-word Genesis can always use original sin as an excuse to “explain” our physical problems. They’re not God’s fault, they’re ours. Our imperfections, our sloppy design, and our illnesses are all due to genetic degeneration caused by sin.
Alas, the intelligent design boys can’t fall back on that handy excuse, because an essential part of their con game is that their “theory” is science, not religion. They can’t blame sloppy design on Adam & Eve, or maybe the devil. They’re stuck with the claim that everything is the work of their intelligent designer — whose products they’re somehow able to detect because they exhibit complexity or something.
We’ve written a few times about this problem in ID theory. By its nature, the designer’s work should be perfect, or at least overwhelmingly excellent. It should certainly be better than “good enough for survival,” which is all we’d expect from mere evolution. But somehow the designer’s work falls way short of perfection, and the Discoveroids’ doubletalk to explain such defects is always laughable. Lately, of necessity, they’ve become tolerant of exceedingly sloppy design specifications.
Our last post on the subject was The New Theory of Improvident Design. Casey Luskin, our favorite creationist, was trying to explain why we have so much trouble with our backs — despite their intelligent design. As in all things, he wasn’t very persuasive. Anyway, that post links to several others on the subject of sloppy design, in case you’re interested.
That brings us to what we found today. In London’s Daily Mail we read: Millions of contact lens users are at risk of eye-devouring amoeba that can turn them blind. Charming headline, isn’t it? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Contact lens wearers are at the mercy of a bug that is found in tap water and gnaws through the eyeballs causing blindness, scientists have warned.
With the Acanthamoeba parasite also found in dust, in the sea and in showers and swimming pools, millions of people are at risk worldwide, including Britain’s 3.7 million contact lens users.
See the problem? The old-time biblical creationists can preach that your eyeballs are being devoured by parasites because you’ve sinned. But the intelligent design “theorists” can’t do that. They’re pretending to be secular, and therefore sin isn’t part of their fantasy science. The intelligent designer — blessed be he! — created everything, and they can’t use the sin of Adam & Eve as an excuse. All they’ve got is the claim that the eyeball-eating amoeba is part of the grand intelligent design. That doesn’t leave them with much of a theory, does it? Well, they never had much to begin with, but eyeball-eating amoebae are inexcusable.
There’s more in the Daily Mail, mostly about keeping your contact lenses clean, and here’s a Wikipedia article on Acanthamoeba.
But we didn’t write this to creep you out if you wear contact lenses, or to discuss an interesting amoeba. The point here is to show that the intelligent designer — if he exists — has a lot of explaining to do. And so do those who sing his praises.
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