This one from the Discovery Institute is difficult to describe, so we won’t even try. It’s written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. His new post at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog is Introducing The Information Enigma — Intelligent Design in a Nutshell. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Intelligent design, or ID, may be the most misunderstood scientific idea ever.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We understand it — at least we understand that because it’s unevidenced and untestable, it isn’t science. It’s pure Oogity Boogity! Okay, that was Klinghoffer’s introduction. Now we get to the good stuff:
That’s why we are delighted today to unveil an easily accessible twenty-minute crystallization of ID’s major argument in the form of a beautifully produced video from Discovery Institute, The Information Enigma.
We’ve omitted Klinghoffer’s link to the video, and we sincerely hope we haven’t inconvenienced anyone who wants to see the thing. Let’s read on:
I’m proud to have drafted the script, but the stars are philosopher of science Stephen Meyer and molecular biologist Douglas Axe.
Verily, it must be a thrill to behold! Klinghoffer continues:
ID stands out from other scientific ideas in a couple of ways. First, unlike other theories, it asks an ultimate question: Does life bear witness to being the product of intelligence, wisdom, purpose? Is your life, my life, therefore potentially also the object of care, even love on the part of a designer standing outside nature?
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, that certainly distinguishes ID from everything in science. But we’ve always known that. Then he tells us another way in which ID is different from science:
Second, while other theories are far more difficult to grasp — general relativity, for example — no one sets out to invert Einstein’s meaning, turning his account of curved spacetime into a sinister parody to scare away independent-minded scientists and thoughtful laypeople. ID uniquely faces squads of activists committed to a rival idea, Darwinism, who specialize in confusing the public, casting ID as “creationism” or “science denial.”
ID isn’t unique in facing vigorous criticism from scientists — see Wikipedia’s List of topics characterized as pseudoscience.
We’re going to skip most of Klinghoffer’s post — it’s rather long because he’s so proud to have authored the video — but we’ll include this next excerpt because it’s inevitable that we’ll see these numbers repeated elsewhere, so you’ll be able to recognize them and know that their source is the Discoveroids:
In the past 3.5 billion years, only 10 to the 40th power (1040) organisms have ever lived. Each such individual organism represents a potential trial of the creativity of unguided evolution. If we grant the exceedingly generous (and highly unrealistic!) assumption that random mutations gifted every single organism in Earth’s history with an entirely new peptide sequence 150 amino acids long, then that figure, 1040, is still just a tiny fraction — one ten trillion, trillion, trillionth — of the earlier figure, 1077, which quantifies the space to be searched to produce a lone functional protein. Sufficient time is just not available for Darwinian evolution to do the job. Not even close.
That’s where we’re going to stop. If you’re interested, click over there. Read it all and view the video. Then let us know what you think.
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