A star known as KIC 8462852, according to Wikipedia, is:
between the constellations Cygnus and Lyra, approximately 454 parsecs (~1481 light years) from Earth. In September 2015, several astronomers published a paper analyzing the peculiar light output of the star. Measuring light fluctuations is a common way of detecting planets orbiting distant stars. However, this star had several extraordinarily peculiar results. Its light output was found to be consistent with a large mass (or many small masses together) orbiting the star in “tight formation”, which lead to a series of peculiar hypotheses.
Peculiar hypotheses? Yes. Wikipedia says:
Researchers think the most likely explanation for the star’s odd reduction in light is due to a large dust cloud of broken up comets orbiting the star elliptically. … Other explanations for the star’s dip in luminosity as measured by the Kepler space telescope could be due to the star recently capturing an asteroid field, or from a temporary debris field caused by a massive planetary impact.
Then it gets interesting:
Other speculations have been proposed. Some astronomers think these observations are consistent with mega structures made by alien civilizations, such as Dyson spheres. SETI astronomers plan to examine the star’s radio frequencies to look for potential signs of unnatural activity indicative of intelligent extraterrestrial life. [Bold font added by us.]
The press has become interested. London’s Daily Mail has this headline: Have researchers discovered an alien MEGASTRUCTURE? ‘Bizarre’ star could be surrounded by a Dyson sphere built by extraterrestrials, researchers claim. It’s fun to read, but we’ll leave that to you.
Things like this provoke the Discovery Institute to demonstrate their awesome analytical powers. Look what just showed up at their creationist blog: Seeking Alien “Megastructures” Around a Puzzling Star, Astronomers Debate Intelligent Design.
Astronomers are debating intelligent design? Who, you’re wondering, wrote this Discoveroid post? They assigned the task to one of their best minds — David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. He says, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
A fascinating article for The Atlantic describes a disagreement among astronomers over intelligent design.
The Atlantic? Yes, that’s Klinghoffer’s source. Here’s their article: The Most Mysterious Star in Our Galaxy. Is it really about intelligent design? No, not really. Klinghoffer admits:
Though the phrase isn’t used, it’s clearly about design detection and when such a determination is legitimately triggered.
It’s amazing that the Discoveroids can not only detect intelligent design when no one else does, they can also detect when their “theory” is being used, even though the people alleged to be using it are unaware that they are doing so. Klinghoffer quotes from the article and then explains it to his readers:
The problem is simple. A young star could have such a “mess” of matter circling it but a middle-ages star would not — the mess would have since been hoovered up. KIC 8462852 is not young but middle-aged, so what is that stuff? One group of scientists, led by Yale postdoc Tabetha Boyajian, sorted through a variety of natural explanations — “blind nature” — all unsatisfactory, until they settled on one they could accept:
What explanation did they settle on? Klinghoffer gives us this quote from the article:
If another star had passed through the unusual star’s system, it could have yanked a sea of comets inward. Provided there were enough of them, the comets could have made the dimming pattern.
Then he mentions one other explanation:
But astronomer Jason Wright at Penn State begs to differ. Reluctantly, he’s ready to consider the hypothesis that what they’re looking at is alien technology — orbiting “megastructures” build to capture energy from TK. … Wright considers the design inference a last resort: “the very last hypothesis you consider.” But not out of the question, and worth testing by a closer inspection.
That’s enough to get Klinghoffer’s Discoveroid juices flowing. He says:
SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, has long sought such evidence of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. Could this be it? I have no idea. The point to take away is that what these scientists are doing is practicing the science of intelligent design — the detection and identification of intelligence and its residues, sorting natural processes from purposeful ones, distinguishing “blind nature” from directed, goal-driven activity resulting in unmistakable artifacts.
The Discoveroids have previously claimed that SETI is using their “theory” of intelligent design — see Discoveroids: SETI and Intelligent Design. Now they’re doing it again. Klinghoffer concludes with this:
It’s ID. Precisely that. It’s testable. And it’s science.
So there you are. If KIC 8462852 is evidence of intelligent aliens, it supposedly validates the Discoveroids’ “theory” of intelligent design. And that means the designer — blessed be he! — made the universe, life, and you.
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