Wild and Crazy Free Fire Zone

Things are really slow out there. News of The Controversy is virtually non-existent. Hambo is babbling about his ark, and the Discoveroids are — well, you won’t believe this — they have a ridiculously long article about our body’s ability to control its temperature — Keeping Cool, Warming Up: Appreciating the Body’s Temperature Control System.

They discuss our temperature control systems for what seems like an endless number of mind-numbing paragraphs, and near the end they say:

Biochemist Michael Behe has described such a system, where the absence of any one part renders it useless, as irreducibly complex — a hallmark of intelligent design. The system our body uses to control its core temperature demonstrates irreducible complexity.

So we’re intelligently designed. Although they don’t say it, the same “reasoning” applies to apes, chimps, and almost all other mammals. Birds too. We don’t know if they intended this, but we’re left to conclude that other animals aren’t the result of intelligent design.

That’s all there is out there, so we have to entertain ourselves. Therefore, we hereby declare another Intellectual Free-Fire Zone. We’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, or even astrology, theology, mythology, and sociology — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it.

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15 responses to “Wild and Crazy Free Fire Zone

  1. There’s some new research reported here that might be causing our creationist brethren a little nervous anticipation.

    “Brethren” because we love the dimwits, just hate the dimwittedness.

  2. It has been suggested that creationists have shown that comets were the designer’s message delivery vehicle of choice when sending specified complexity information so mankind could evolve to its ultimate intellectual form..Michael Behe …or not,,,,,,Jeezsh…

  3. Derek Freyberg

    Even poikilotherms can perform temperature regulation: think of lizards moving in and out of the sun. And tuna have the rete mirabile that helps control their body temperature. Heck, even termites line up their nests to control heat gain and loss.
    Could this mean that ALL animals are intelligently designed, but just designed differently? If so, why?

  4. Well, yeah — the so-called Intelligent Design proponents hold that all life is intelligently designed. ID was invented as a ruse to get creationism into the public schools when teaching creationism was ruled by the Supreme Court to be religious education. The IDers just took the word “God” out of it.

  5. One of the earliest examples of divine design that I heard was the design of water to expand on freezing. That was designed so that bodies of water would not freeze solid to the bottom, thereby killing the fish.

  6. One of the earliest examples of divine design that I heard was the design of water to expand on freezing. That was designed so that bodies of water would not freeze solid to the bottom, thereby killing the fish.

    Good point! And the Intelligent Designer made it so that water could freeze into ice because otherwise how could the Inuit build igloos? It’s all beginning to fit together marvelously for me now.

  7. I have memory of the kids laughing at some of the examples of design.

  8. Hate to disappoint you, Realthog, but IDiots already do anticipate.

    “Lab! Design! I win!”

  9. If I were the Intelligent Designer, I would have designed those fish to breathe ice.

  10. The Discoveroid School of Writing:

    Rule #1. If you can say it in 5 words, use at least 15. It makes you sound really smart.

  11. realthog says “its all beginning to fit together for me now”
    yes yes !! it must work like like the ice blocks fit together to
    make an igloo! hallelujah !!
    but. I’m struggling with the little foyer thing you always see on igloo pictures.
    what did the intelligent designer make that for ????
    and why do you have to crawl into the igloo??? why can’t you walk
    in??? mysterious designer stuff

  12. @och will

    and why do you have to crawl into the igloo??? why can’t you walk
    in??? mysterious designer stuff

    You’ve at last produced an explanation for Hobbit Man, who could walk upright into those portals with ease.That designer, he’s no mug, you know.

  13. Biochemist Michael Behe has described such a system, where the absence of any one part renders it useless, as irreducibly complex — a hallmark of intelligent design. The system our body uses to control its core temperature demonstrates irreducible complexity.

    Ah, but it isn’t. Take away sweat glands, for example, and animals (including humans) can still control their body temperature by a variety of means: by regulating metabolism, for example, so as to produce less heat. Some animals practice estivation, the high-temperature equivalent of hibernation: they crawl into some shaded location (or burrow underground) and go into a state of reduced metabolic activity during the hot season, emerging when the temperature falls. And of course dogs and cats, which have only a small number of sweat glands, lose heat by panting (and in the case of cats, by licking themselves to distribute saliva over their bodies; it serves the same evaporative function as sweat).

    As for conserving heat, there are numerous adaptations which can do this: fur, of course, and the accumulation of body fat, and even increased body size, which increases the ratio of volume to surface area of animals of similar body shape.

  14. Ahem . . . that should be “animals of similar body shape,” of course. Aren’t typos embarrassing?

    [*Voice from above*] I wouldn’t know.