This one at the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog is so chaotic and convoluted that it’s impossible to discuss it coherently. It’s titled Nanotechnology Engineers Struggle to Match Cell Performance, and it has no author’s by-line. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Cells make mechanical work look easy, but imitating what they do is very, very hard for intelligent designers of the human kind. Nanotechnologists are taking baby steps toward imitating what cells do all the time. [Description of what some cells do] … These moving parts are tightly regulated, directional and efficient. Now try building a molecular motor that can do these things.
They refer to and quote from this article in Science: Gearing up molecular rotary motors, which you can’t read without a subscription. Then they say:
While we applaud every bit of progress in this very challenging arena, the real lesson is what they are learning about design requirements.
When we ask just how ingenious the design is, we finally hear an admission that cells do things far, far better than we can.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] After a lot of quote-mining and babbling, the Discoveroids tell us:
In short, the best answers will come through biomimetics: imitating how cells do it. Cells have set a very high bar. The future of science, both for theoretical understanding and application, is focused on intelligent design.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh yeah — intelligent design is the future of science. And now we come to the end:
Without coming out and saying the banned phrase, these papers show it. Now if they can get their molecular machines to assemble from other molecular machines following coded instructions, and to reproduce themselves, they’ll really be onto something.
The message from the Discoveroids seems to be this: We can’t (yet) duplicate what the intelligent designer — blessed be he! — does in building biological cells, therefore … Oogity Boogity! That, dear reader, is creation science at its finest.
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