Creationist Wisdom #366: Bingo Tumbler?

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Austin Daily Herald of Austin, Minnesota. It’s titled It’s hard to reject intelligent design. Yes, it’s very difficult, and the letter-writer explains why.

We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Because we don’t like to embarrass people, we’ll omit the letter-writer’s name and city. Okay, here we go:

In light of discoveries daily unfolding in genome and synthetic biology technologies, it’s got to be getting harder to reject an ‘Intelligent Designer’ and embrace atheism.

As you will see, the letter-writer understands little, but that sentence reveals that he knows one thing upon which we can all agree — Intelligent Design is a religious concept. On with the show:

Consider the lowly one-cell bacteria. In it are molecular machines [machines!] that make parts for other machines, machines that assemble machines [machines that make machines!], then check for errors and scrap incorrectly assembled units, a shipping and receiving department that checks material going in and out, little trucks [trucks!] hauling stuff for internal and outside use, gate keepers, garbage handlers, fuel manufacturing machines, highway builders for the trucks, a network that monitors and communicates conditions inside and outside of the cell. Instructions on how to do all this are written on a master blueprint -— DNA molecule.

Verily, it’s like a Toyota factory. Let’s read on:

Then there is the most complex machine in the universe — the human brain, with its 100 trillion connections producing a mass of communications that exceeds the Internet.

Yowie! It’s a miracle for sure! The letter continues:

Was it intelligence that put instructions into the DNA blueprint on how to build a brain that doesn’t consume 20 megawatts of power, rivals the Internet and can be built in nine months?

Well — was it? Here’s the only alternative:

Or, did it come about by random mixing of molecules in some big cosmic “bingo tumbler” without intellectual input?

And that’s how it ends. Observe, dear reader, the intellectual process that seems to have resulted in the letter-writer’s conclusion. He sees something (or rather, he hears about something third-hand), and then his eyes glaze over, his jaw drops, drool commences, and he enters a trance-like state from which he emerges, endowed with certainty that he understands what he has seen.

That’s not the way science is done, but it works for the letter-writer. Our only question is: What can he do with his knowledge?

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10 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #366: Bingo Tumbler?

  1. In light of discoveries daily unfolding in genome and synthetic biology technologies, it’s got to be getting harder to reject an ‘Intelligent Designer’ and embrace atheism.

    But are these discoveries being made by our ID friends who spend hour after hour in their green-screen labs? I think not, so I can readily reject the “Intelligent Designer’s” slight-of-hand magic in all of this. And yes, he does associate ID with his religious beliefs.

    But I wonder if the writer and his kind have considered this. If their Intelligent Designer is not “God,” or at least they don’t want to openly associate the ID’er with God, then doesn’t that imply there’s another force out there beyond Mars greater than their God, or at least in competition with their God? Why don’t they tell their rubes that, that the Bible God is the lesser deity or force in the universe. I’ll bet that’d go over big with the rubes.

    But sure, I’ll opt for the bingo tumbler any day, but please, hold the ice.

  2. The whole truth

    “Then there is the most complex machine in the universe — the human brain…”

    So this IDiotic letter writer searched the entire universe for the most complex machine? Yeah, right.

    And even if a brain is built in nine months, it sure isn’t fully developed or infused with knowledge. In fact, IDiot-creationists are proof that many brains are never infused with knowledge.

  3. Ceteris Paribus

    The Letter Writer says: “Then there is the most complex machine in the universe — the human brain, with its 100 trillion connections producing a mass of communications that exceeds the Internet.”

    There ya go – his Intelligent Designer gave the letter writer 100 trillion brain connections, but didn’t bother to provide enough bandwidth for him to even watch a simple youtube video explaining evolution

  4. Charles Deetz ;)

    Amazing DNA + Amazing Brain ≠ Intelligent Designer.

    Just like Amazing smile + Amazingly Available ≠ Going to go out with me.

  5. The Letter Writer says molecular machines inside living cells “then check for errors and scrap incorrectly assembled units.”

    Evidently the Intellgent Designer did an especially fine job of designing these tiny machines in the cells of the naked mole rat. An article in _Nature World News_ reports, “Mistakes occur when an incorrect amino acid squeezes its way in. In the case of the naked mole rat, this happens up to 40 times less than proteins made by mouse cells.” http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/4265/20131001/secret-naked-mole-rats-longevity-proteins-study-suggests-aging.htm

    Those rodents live up to thirty years, about ten times as long as similar-sized mice. Furthermore, naked mole rats don’t get cancer. If the Designer had just infused the cells of His most beloved creatures (us) with this feature, He could have spared us all manner of suffering.

    ID theorists need to go to work finding out why the Designer failed to give our intracellular protein machines the superior design. A lapse of judgement? Simple forgetfulness? Or did Satan (with his Intelligent Malevolence) worm his way in there and sabotage the cell machinery some time after Methuselah?

  6. It’s heartening to see that the writer take quite a pasting from the commenters.

  7. Curmie, yes well the comment episode is past. Sorry about that..I’ve landed a geo job in Edinburgh, Scotland, the home of James Hutton,,,, no kidding. ….seriously…
    Visa application is due back in a few weeks, the corporate sponsorship is already approved. A stunning event after a hundred rejections from many many companies in the US ad abroad. Still can’t believe I’m going to the home of the Oyster Club..I’ll re-register w/o comment from the new company email,,,I’m staying off comments going forward however and remain an avid fan.
    If not,,,,cut me off…Respect

  8. This reminds me of the classic: Creationist BINGO.

  9. RP – is this the first reference to the Intelligent Malevolent? Regardless, I think that IM is a great adjunct to ID!! 🙂

  10. doodlebugger, congratulations! Give my regards to the ghosts of the Enlightenment.