The Discovery Institute likes to think that the world of science is gradually catching up with their “theory” of intelligent design. In truth, science left them behind centuries ago, but it pleases them and their moronic followers to think that they’re way ahead of the pack.
Their latest claim of being the avant-garde is If Nature’s Designs Weren’t So Good, Engineers Wouldn’t Be Rushing to Imitate Them. They’re merely recycling one of their old themes, which we’ve discussed before — for example Humans Copy Nature, Therefore Intelligent Design!, where we said:
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.
Well, they’re at it again, so let’s take a look. They say, with bold font added by us:
We’ve reported on biomimetics many times, but the news keeps flooding in. Here are just a few recent examples of new science projects that seek to imitate nature: [big list, from which we’ll give you just one example] Engineers at Harvard have created a lightweight honeycomb material that mimics the material performance of balsa wood.
Wowie! And that demonstrates what? We’re told:
The list goes on. Two things are notable from it. One is the variety of living organisms (vertebrates, invertebrates, plants, cells) that are inspiring human intelligent design. Those other sources of inspiration include [a big list of critters].
The other thing is the variety of institutions actively involved in bio-inspired engineering (Harvard, MIT, Lawrence Livermore, universities in Georgia, Arkansas, California and Switzerland, and technology companies like Sony).
Did you notice anything missing from that list of institutions “involved in bio-inspired engineering”? Hint: it’s the Discoveroids. Their article continues:
There were nature-inspired products in the last century (Velcro being a classic example), but biomimetics really caught on in the last decade or so. It’s now an international gold rush. Its hidden assumption? Intelligent design. Good engineering is worth reverse engineering.
Ah, there you have it. Everybody’s using the Discoveroids’ “theory,” and they don’t even know it. That’s because the intelligent designer — blessed be he! — is a master engineer, so his miraculously created biological species demonstrate “good engineering.” We recognized that when we wrote Buffoon Award Winner — The Intelligent Designer. Here’s how they end their brilliant essay:
If Darwinism were the assumption, researchers would just let objects sit around and mutate for millions of years then see what turns up. Good luck with that.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! As we’ve said before, genetic algorithms are excellent evidence of nature’s ability to produce spectacular design results without thought. The everyday use of genetic algorithms to solve difficult problems clearly demonstrates, again and again, that the unthinking processes (mutation and natural selection) identified by Darwin are quite sufficient for the task. Here are some specific examples of genetic algorithms being used to solve a variety of engineering problems. Nature Doesn’t Need To Think.
The Discoveroids, however, do need to think. They ought to give it a try.
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