From time to time, the Discoveroids claim that their “theory” of intelligent design is already being used in other sciences, so it’s only a matter of time before the stubborn Darwinists yield to the inevitable and ID will be the ruling paradigm in biology. The last time they made that bizarre claim we wrote: Intelligent Design Is Science: Cryptology Uses It.
Besides, cryptology, they’ve made similar claims regarding other topics: sculpture (Mt. Rushmore Is Designed, Therefore …), and SETI (Discoveroids: SETI Uses Intelligent Design Theory), and archeology (Rock Mounds Are Designed, Therefore …). For all of those claims, we’ve pointed out the same flaw: We know that humans send messages, make sculptures, and build monuments. Therefore, for example, in wartime, if we find a paper bearing symbols within a container strapped to a pigeon’s leg, we know that it isn’t a pigeon with a mutated leg; rather, it’s a human devised coded message. Similarly, when we see Mt. Rushmore or visit the Parthenon, we know that humans are the creators of such works.
But those observations take place here on Earth. and involve an extremely limited set of cases where we see what, based on our experience, can only be the product of human intelligence, because there’s nobody else here. Such thinking could be extended, in case we find the wreckage of a flying saucer with alien corpses, star-maps, and totally unfamiliar artifacts. It’s a safe bet that such a vessel was the product of a non-human intelligence, rather than being the natural product of a lava flow. Similarly in the work that SETI does, they look for artificial signals, and if they should ever find one, then they’ll worry about the meaning contained therein.
But it’s a very big leap to extrapolate from such limited cases to proclaiming one of the fundamental principles of the Discoveroids: that they can — and do! — detect design throughout the galaxy — and beyond! — where no one else is able to do so. How do they do it? They have their wondrous “design inference” — which is nothing more than Paley’s watchmaker analogy And they have the analogy of human designs, which tells them that if we can make artifacts, then so can the gods. Their operating principle is: Mt. Rushmore is designed, therefore so is Uranus.
Now they’re doing it again, and claiming that yet another field of science is using ID. Their new article is Intelligent Design in Action: Informatics. They start out with a long and tedious description of informatics. Here’s a brief excerpt:.
Informatics is roughly equivalent to computer science or “information processing.” It can, however, be independent of any computer hardware. It concerns not so much actual implementation as much as concepts and theories about what problems are meaningful, logical, and tractable. It is also concerned with data integrity: ensuring the validity and reliability of answers.
Well, Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah! What does informatics 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 never really say. After endlessly babbling about informatics, they leap right to their conclusion — which of course is their premise, so it was never in doubt. They say:
If there is any field that unquestionably qualifies as a design-based science, informatics surely is one. All the ID concepts are here: irreducible complexity, complex specified information, design detection, optimization, logical inference … you name it. Informatics is about as un-Darwinian as science gets.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Informatics is un-Darwinian? Hey, so is interior decorating, and there’s no doubt that too is “a design-based science.” Maybe the Discoveroids are in the wrong business. They might find acceptance and happiness in being decorators. Well, that may be fun to think about, but let’s stay with their article. They say:
The question then becomes, if intelligent design is integral to fruitful sciences like archaeology, cryptology, forensics and informatics, why not in biology or cosmology? The same questions can be asked, and the same methods used, when inferring design in the fine-tuning of the universe or in the genetic code. … Only dogma would prevent ID’s proven principles from applying throughout the natural sciences.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, intelligent design is integral to fruitful sciences like archaeology. Perhaps, now that Indiana Jones is fading, the next big whip-cracking movie hit will be “Casey and the Mystery of the Washington Monument.” What was the ominous obelisk that terrorized the nation’s capitol? Was it a natural phenomenon, an alien threat, or a warning from God? Watch Lucky Luskin solve greatest puzzle of all time, using the cutting-edge science of intelligent design!
Anyway, here’s how the Discoveroid article ends:
So let no one claim that intelligent design is not science, or is anti-science. ID is used daily in science all over the world. Arguably, any science that uses logic, mathematics and explanatory inference is de facto intelligent design science.
Yeah, okay. We’re convinced.
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