The Discoveroids — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page — claim that something they call specified complexity is at the core of their theory of intelligent design. According to Wikipedia:
Specified complexity is an argument proposed by William Dembski and used by him and others to promote intelligent design. According to Dembski, the concept is intended to formalize a property that singles out patterns that are both specified and complex, in specific senses defined by Dembski. Dembski states that specified complexity is a reliable marker of design by an intelligent agent, a central tenet to intelligent design which Dembski argues for in opposition to modern evolutionary theory.
Unfortunately for the Discoveroids, there has never been any strict definition of this esoteric phenomenon, and no clear method of detecting or computing it has ever been proposed. Yet the Discoveroids claim that they can somehow recognize its presence. They’ve tried numerous times to describe the concept, but always to no avail. We posted about one such attempt here: Casey Defines “Complex and Specified Information”, but Casey’s efforts left us totally bewildered.
In our Curmudgeonly benevolence, we decided to deploy our formidable talents to assist the Discoveroids by bringing much-need mathematical rigor to their speculations. Thus we have been toiling in our secret, underground la-BOR-a-tory to crack this bedeviling problem. And now we can proudly announce that our efforts have been rewarded with success.
With the aid of thousands of hours of non-stop super-computer runs, we have isolated the mathematical expression that defines specified complexity. It’s an irrational number (we knew it would be), so like pi it’s worthy of a symbol. We have decided upon ■▓■ as being most appropriate. It’s made of ASCI characters, so it should be readable on your computer. We modestly call it the Curmudgeon’s Constant.
Using ■▓■, we can easily identify the presence and precise quantity of specified complexity in any object, large or small, living or otherwise. As our revolutionary formula above this post clearly illustrates, the specified complexity of anything — represented by (X) in our formula — is the square root of that thing, multiplied by the Curmudgeon’s Constant, and divided by zero.
What results have we obtained? We calculated the specified complexity of the flagellum. It’s infinite! Of the existence of life? That too has an infinite amount of specified complexity. Of the whole finely-tuned universe? Again, the specified complexity is infinite. This is solid science! We proved it with math. It’s been peer-reviewed and published — here in our humble blog.
Our results are beyond refutation. Our logic is undeniable. We now await our Discoveroid fellowship, a lifetime pass to ol’ Hambo’s Creation Museum, and then … the rapture!
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