Your Curmudgeon needs your help, dear reader. You know about the Discoveroids’ wondrous “design filter,” with which their “theory” can detect the existence of a transcendent designer of the universe by using William Dembski’s Design Inference.
A couple of years ago Dembski wrote Design Inference vs. Design Hypothesis, in which he said:
The design inference, as I developed it, looks to a marker of design, what I call specified complexity or specified improbability, and from there reasons to a designing intelligence as responsible for this marker.
Your Curmudgeon has been struggling to apply that master theoretician’s method to some data we’ve uncovered, which we strongly suspect points to intelligent design, but we are unable to connect the dots. We are reminded of 1 Corinthians 13:12 (King James Version, of course):
For now we see through a glass, darkly
Therefore, it’s time for another Creative Challenge. To understand the problem with which we’ve been grappling, you must consider the mountain of data we have assembled over the years.
First there was the creationist school board that suffered the judicial equivalent of a beheading in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. There were other creationist setbacks, like the David Coppedge case, the Kent Hovind case, the John Freshwater case, the John Oller case, and others we’ve written about. There were all those brave creationists who were Expelled from academia. The latest example is, perhaps, the most courageous creationist of all — Mark Armitage. And we can’t overlook the impending martyrdom which seems to be threatening yet another prominent creationist — David McConaghie.
There is a pattern here, and if only we could understand it with the aid of a powerful intellectual tool like the Discoveroids’ design filter, we feel certain that it would point to one inescapable fact: All of these seemingly random events are the result of intelligent design. Comprehension seems almost within our grasp, yet it eludes us. Therefore, we turn to you, dear reader.
The form of the challenge is that in one sentence, you must tell us:
You know the rules: A successful entry should be self-explanatory, but it’s quite all right to elaborate on your proposals. You may enter the contest as many times as you wish, but you must avoid profanity, vulgarity, childish anatomical analogies, etc. Also, avoid slanderous statements about individuals. Feel free to comment on the entries submitted by others — with praise, criticism, or whatever — but you must do so tastefully.
Your Curmudgeon will decide if there’s a winner, and whenever we get around to it we’ll announce who the winner is. There is no tangible prize — as always in life’s great challenges, the accomplishment is its own reward. We now throw open the comments section, dear reader. Go for it!
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