In their tireless efforts to provide evidence in support of their “theory” of intelligent design, the Discovery Institute just posted this gem at their creationist blog: Comparing Drones and Swifts, Swifts Win, Hands Down. It has no author’s byline. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Swedish researchers have found that common swifts can stay aloft for close to an incredible ten months, straight, no rest-stop breaks, perhaps sleeping while in flight. A Wall Street Journal article summarizing a paper in Current Biology makes the interesting comparison of human technology, specifically lightweight drones, to these little birds.
This is the paper in Current Biology: Annual 10-Month Aerial Life Phase in the Common Swift Apus apus, and this is the article in the Wall Street Journal: Swedish Researchers Find Common Swifts Stay Airborne for 10 Months .
What can the Discoveroids do with that? Prepare to be amazed. They say:
Micro air vehicles, or MAVs, can remain in the air for a matter of mere hours. “Their performance is ridiculous compared with these birds,” Lund University biologist Anders Hedenström told the reporter: [big quote].
Okay, those birds can stay aloft far longer than drones. So what? The Discoveroids continue:
Figuring out just how swifts do it would be of both commercial and military interest, as the Journal points out.
Fine. Now what? The Discoveroids give us their astonishing conclusion at the end of their brief article:
Biomimetics … is the science and art of seeking design inspiration from nature. It means solving engineering problems with an assist from — whether we call it that or not — intelligent design.
[*Groan*] This is an old story from the Discoveroids — see Humans Copy Nature, Therefore Intelligent Design! We quoted them saying:
You wouldn’t want to insult bioengineers with the suggestion they are mimicking blind, unguided processes in their work. No, from our uniform experience, a good design comes from a good mind.
So if we try to improve our drones, using the swift as an example, we’re using our intelligence to copy the divine work of the intelligent designer — blessed be he! — and at the same time we’re acknowledging the Discoveroids’ “theory” of intelligent design.
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