The Discoveroids — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page — are repeating themselves again, and therefore so shall we. This silly item appears at their creationist blog: Intelligent Designs in Nature Make Engineers Envious. It doesn’t have an author’s byline, so we assume this is a statement of dogma on behalf of the whole “think tank.” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us and their links omitted:
We’ve reported numerous times about the vibrant field of biomimetics: the science of imitating nature. There are whole departments at universities dedicated to this. There are journals like [list omitted] that regularly report on it. Entrepreneurs have started companies to build products mimicking nature. Biomimetics is on a roll.
That’s nice, but what does Biomimetics have to do with the Discoveroids’ claims about a magical intelligent designer — blessed be he! — who runs around invisibly tinkering with things so that we have a universe, a planet (which is unique), and our whole biosphere? They tell us:
Here are a few of scientists’ latest attempts to copy nature’s designs. They wouldn’t try so hard if the designs weren’t intelligent.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Intelligent? No, all that would make something worth copying would be that it has a desirable function. They give some examples, like the scales on a butterfly’s wings that seem to improve flight aerodynamics, and also something about using solar energy, and something else about the dolphin’s use of sound. Those are neat biological developments, and perhaps worth emulating. So what do the Discoveroids make of it? We note that they’re not involved in any of the scientific projects they describe; they’re merely observers. But they’re so wise! They say:
Occasionally, news stories like these attribute the designs in question to natural selection. “Through billions of years of evolution, life on Earth has found intricate solutions to many of the problems scientists are currently grappling with,” the item from Cambridge says. But then, most of the story marvels at the intricate design that blind nature supposedly arrived at. [Emphasis in the Discoveroids’ original.]
The Discoveroids, however, somehow know that these things couldn’t have evolved. And they’re annoyed at the arrogance of the scientists and their Darwinism. Look at this:
The Darwin language gets to be as annoying as those pop-up ads on the Internet that have nothing to do with the story. The focus is on design — “intricate solutions” so good, they occupy the best minds in the world’s finest academic institutions; designs so attractive, they are worth six-figure government grants to imitate.
We’ve previously debunked the Discoveroids’ claim that because copying something found in nature requires conscious effort on our part, this somehow means that nature required intelligence to produce the results we try to copy. It’s a goofy claim. If mere humans can copy what nature does, and sometimes improve on it (for example, our telescopes are better than anything found in nature), then it obviously doesn’t require a supernatural being to accomplish such things. See our discussion in Common Creationist Claims Confuted under the heading Copying Nature Requires Intelligence.
However, we don’t want to close our minds. Do the Discoveroids, with the aid of their “theory” of intelligent design, have a better way to accomplish the scientists’ work? If so, it’s time they told the world about it so they could finally earn some respect. Here’s their last paragraph. Perhaps they’ll tell us something we couldn’t know without their awesome insights:
You wouldn’t want to insult bioengineers with the suggestion they are mimicking blind, unguided processes in their work. No, from our uniform experience, a good design comes from a good mind.
That’s all there is. As we suspected — after all their “research” and their public relations work, the Discoveroids have nothing of any value to tell us. They never do.
Copyright © 2013. The Sensuous Curmudgeon. All rights reserved.