The Discoveroids have been on a strange crusade to establish the acceptance of their “theory” of intelligent design. This is tangled with but different from their desperate attempts to promote Their Magic Filter and Their Magic Inference.
What they’re doing is claiming that their “theory” is already accepted and being actively used by a variety of sciences. It probably impresses their generous patrons to imagine that they’re making such splendid progress. We’ve previously posted several times about such claims. See, for example: Humans Copy Nature, Therefore Intelligent Design!, and Discoveroids: SETI Uses Intelligent Design Theory, and Intelligent Design Is Science: Cryptology Uses It, and Discoveroids: Intelligent Design Is Really Useful (about infomatics), where they asked:
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.
The reality is, of course, that nobody uses whatever it is that the Discoveroids call intelligent design, which somehow enables them — and only them — to “scientifically” determine that not only life, but the whole universe, is the handiwork of their mystical designer — blessed be he!
With that as background, we’re delighted to see that they’re at it again. They just posted this at their creationist blog Intelligent Design in Action: Optimization. It has no author’s byline. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
In the past we’ve discussed several sciences that rely on principles of intelligent design: among them, archaeology, forensics, cryptology, informatics, SETI and SEETI, and more. Now a paper describing a remarkable achievement offers the opportunity to explore another: optimization. [Links omitted.]
Oooooooooooooh — another science uses intelligent design! Everybody’s using it! They quote from a news item that says:
The key to solving many of the most important problems in business, science and technology lies in optimization — finding the values for variables that give you the highest benefit. … When a problem is simple, we can program a computer to solve it. When it’s too complex for that, optimization is how the computer finds the solution by itself.
Impressed? It’s about using computers to solve problems. Is that how the Discoveroids’ celestial designer does it? The Discoveroids say:
We all know a computer is incapable of finding a solution all by itself. An appropriate algorithm designed into it, however, can seemingly hit the jackpot automatically.
Skipping several paragraphs of babbling, we come to this:
Natural selection has no foresight. Portraying neo-Darwinism’s mechanisms as optimization strategies is, therefore, wishful thinking.
Aaaargh!! Natural selection needs no foresight. It uses mutations, which occur with every act of reproduction, and the hardships of life select those organisms that are best adapted for survival and reproduction. That’s the “program,” which no one designed. Anyway, here’s the final paragraph:
Optimization is a good example of intelligent design at work in the sciences. Not only is the field permeated with ID concepts from start to finish, it is also highly useful and widely applicable. So is ID a “science stopper” as Darwinists often claim? Quite to the contrary.
Yes, dear reader, everyone is using intelligent design. The Discoveroids’ have triumphed! But somehow, they still can’t get any respect.
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