The Discovery Institute has posted a new article by Granville Sewell. He’s not a Discoveroid “fellow,” but Wikipedia informs us that he’s a signatory to the Discovery Institute’s “A Scientific Dissent from Darwinism” petition. Sewell is very keen on using the Second Law of Thermodynamics as an argument for creationism — see Discovery Institute Gives Us Their Best Argument.
Our last post about Granville was The Genius of Granville Sewell. His genius is even more apparent in his latest offering at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog: It’s Really Not Rocket Science. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us. He begins by approvingly quoting some article by Jay Homnick which says:
Once you allow the intellect to consider that an elaborate organism with trillions of microscopic interactive components can be an accident… you have essentially “lost your mind.”
With that setting the tone, Granville tells us:
It has never required a PhD in science to understand the key issue in the debate between Darwinism and intelligent design. It is blindingly obvious to non-scientists like Jay Homnick that unintelligent forces alone cannot design hearts, eyes, ears, and brains. Darwinists dismiss the layman’s intuition that there is something terribly “unnatural” about evolution, and claim that while it may seem implausible to the uneducated, there is no scientific principle that prevents the basic, unintelligent, forces of physics alone from reorganizing the basic particles of physics into computers and science texts and jet airplanes.
Aaaargh!! Granville invokes the Junkyard tornado canard. Let’s read on:
But there is such a principle, and the layman understands it perfectly well: unintelligent forces cannot do intelligent things. And in recent years, a number of people have attempted to take this simple layman’s principle and state it in more precise, scientific terms.
Then he quotes from such Discoveroid luminaries as William Dembski, who, Granville reminds us, “points out that the origin and evolution of life involved the creation of many things that are complex and specified.” [*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] See Specified complexity.
After that, Granville babbles about the second law of thermodynamics, and declares:
What could be a more spectacular violation of this law than atoms on a rocky, barren planet spontaneously reorganizing themselves into computers and airplanes and encyclopedias?
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Granville continues:
The fact that order can increase in an open system does not mean that because tornados derive their energy from the sun, they might occasionally turn rubble into houses and cars, and it does not mean that computers can appear on a barren planet as long as the planet receives solar energy; something must be entering our open system that makes the appearance of computers not extremely improbable, for example: computers.
You know what’s coming next, don’t you? After lovingly quoting an article he wrote, which appeared in the Discoveroids’ own vanity journal, BIO-Complexity, he starts babbling about “information”:
The argument from information is now widely used by ID proponents to argue that the vast amounts of information in living things (in DNA, for example) cannot be accounted for by unintelligent causes.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] For our discussion of Discoveroid “information” see Phlogiston, Vitalism, and Information. Here’s more from Granville:
So the three arguments above are actually all just variations on the same common-sense theme, and each just attempts to state in more scientific, precise, terms what is completely obvious to the unindoctrinated, that unintelligent forces cannot do intelligent things, such as design hearts, eyes, ears, and brains.
Seeing design in living things is not at all difficult, it’s really not rocket science. You don’t need an intimate knowledge of microbiology, or of the details of evolutionary theory, or even of the concept of irreducible complexity.
Granville is right — even an idiot can see it. And now we come to the end:
No matter how many other mysteries of Nature may yield to scientific investigation, and no matter how much evidence for common descent we may find … [o]nce you seriously consider the possibility that all the magnificent species in the living world, and the human body and the human brain, could be entirely the products of unintelligent forces, you have been in academia too long and have lost contact with reality — you have lost your mind.
Well, dear reader, it’s clear that someone has lost his mind. Is it Granville, or is it you?
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