In their never-ending but increasingly laughable quest for scientific respectability, the Discoveroids sometimes make the absurd claim that other branches of science are already using their “theory” of intelligent design.
Now they give us their latest example of the scientific use of their “theory” — Intelligent Design in Action: Cryptology. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Critics of intelligent design keep saying it isn’t science. Explain that to many scientists who routinely use ID principles in their work. Here’s another one: cryptology.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, the military is full of code-breakers who study intercepted communications so they can look for the magical designer who created the universe. Don’t leave now, dear reader, the Discoveroids are just getting started:
There are professors of cryptology. Cryptology involves theories, data, experimentation, and testing. It has all the accouterments of science — and is entirely based on intelligent design principles.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, cryptology has the accouterments of science because it is science. As we’ve said before in Discovery Institute’s “Peer Reviewed” Literature:
The obvious failure of the Discoveroids’ “theory” to qualify as science (it’s an untestable, unfalsifiable concept) has goaded them into erecting a Potemkin village that simulates the appearance of scientific activity, complete with their own captive “peer reviewed” journal (BIO-Complexity), and their own creation science lab (Biologic Institute), and their own “peer reviewed” vanity press operation (Discovery Institute Press). Their imitation of the accouterments of science has caused intelligent design to be described as a cargo cult.
So why don’t the Discoveroids behave like cryptologists? If they use the same science that cryptology uses, why don’t the Discoveroids have data, experimentation, and testing? All they have is their blog, backed up by their Potemkin village of make-believe science, and their bizarre claim that the intelligent designer — blessed be he! — is responsible not only for designing wonders like your uvula, but the whole universe.
Skipping over their description of an actual development in cryptology — which has nothing to do with the Discoveroids — they say this:
ID critics might argue that we know about human minds, so this provides no support for the idea of unspecified intelligent agents creating natural phenomena. But intriguingly, there are examples of secure communications in nature, too.
Secure communications in nature? Like what? Are the asteroids secretly communicating with Uranus? They give us some examples:
Trees, for instance, emit specific volatile compounds that notify other trees when an attacker is present. Crows use a complex vocabulary to signal the flock.
We’re getting impatient. This thing is just too stupid. We want entertainment! Maybe we’ll find some if we read on:
This is not to suggest that plants, animals and cells use mental power to accomplish such feats. In human cryptology, the protocols are automated once devised. Dr. Smart [Nigel Smart, a professor of cryptology at the University of Bristol] doesn’t have to calculate every function when given new inputs. No, all his team did was design the protocol, and computers do the rest. Similarly, it seems increasingly evident that an intelligent cause provided the living world with protocols that are employed instinctively by creatures.
Aaaargh!! So because someone in Al-Qaeda designs a new code and his followers use it for planning their attacks, that means it’s “increasingly evident that an intelligent cause provided the living world with protocols”? What’s going on in Discoveroid headquarters in Seattle? Are they all afflicted with some kind of brain-eating amoeba?
Fortunately, there’s only one more paragraph. We’ve come this far, so let’s go all the way:
From our uniform experience, we know that when a message appears in a string of bits — even if encrypted — a mind with a purpose played a role in its creation. That is true even if we can’t read the message (think of the Rosetta Stone), and even when we don’t know the identity of the designer (think of SETI). ID is alive and well in science.
That was tragic. Well, maybe not. Perhaps the Discoveroids will study cryptology, and then search for the messages that the magic designer has hidden in our DNA. What wonders will they find? We look forward to their results.
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