The latest post at the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog is about an absurd and utterly useless analogy, of which they’re very proud. It’s titled Intelligent Design and the Computer Analogy, and it was written by Klinghoffer. It’s so bad that we’ll give you only a very few excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Imagine if computer science allowed researchers to consider the physical components of computers but not the “ideas” that drive them, imparted by their designers.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Who thinks of such things? Oh, Klinghoffer tells us:
Douglas Axe, author of [yeah, yeah], poses that instructive question in a brief video conversation.
And it’s a very instructive question indeed! We haven’t bothered to look at the video, but if you care to see the thing, it’s at Klinghoffer’s post. Let’s read on:
Most of evolutionary biology is limited by just such a stricture: consider the physical aspect of living creatures without probing the ideas — the purposeful, immaterial design — that we embody in physical form. In biology, you may not weigh the evidence for design, otherwise you’re damned as a creationist!
If organisms arrived in this world with instruction manuals, we’d certainly take a look at them. Unfortunately, the Discoveroids’ mystical designer — blessed be he! — failed to provide them. What kind of designer would behave like that? Klinghoffer continues:
This isn’t to say people or other animals are computers, or machines. We’re much more, which makes the stricture against intelligent design all the more perverse. Still, the computer analogy is helpful.
To show us how helpful the computer analogy is, Klinghoffer spends several paragraphs talking about a biography of Steve Jobs and his career at Apple Computer. Then he uses his analogy with what he thinks is a powerful closing for his post:
Now imagine if the narrative were totally reworked with an exclusive focus on Apple computers as a series of physical artifacts of increasing sophistication, arising spontaneously, as if neither the design nor the designers existed. Crazy! The story would be flat, boring — and false. Yet this in a nutshell is the field of evolutionary biology.
That’s it, dear reader. That’s the Discoveroids’ computer analogy. It’s their latest and best work so far. We’re impressed!
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