Creationists are always telling us that evolution by natural processes is impossible, because for anything new to appear, something they call “information” must be added to the organism’s genome — and only the intelligent designer — blessed be he! — can accomplish this. They never explain what “information” is, or how they can detect it, or how the magic designer can deploy it, but they insist that it’s necessary — otherwise no evolution can occur.
We debunked the concept in Phlogiston, Vitalism, and Information, but they all use it, and their drooling followers seem to accept it.
A good example is at the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog. They just posted Materialist Origin-of-Life Solutions All Depend on a “Free Lunch”, by Klinghoffer. Briefly, he says, with our bold font:
This from Nature Reviews Chemistry caught our eye – an unexpectedly candid admission of how far origin-of-life research is from shedding real light on its subject.
He quotes a bit from Studies on the origin of life — the end of the beginning, and then announces:
In other words, they’re nowhere near a solution, if purely materialistic processes are taken for granted as the only possible means toward life’s beginning.
It remains the case that the only known source of the information needed for abiogenesis is intelligence.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Information — which only the intelligent designer can provide.
Okay, that’s the background. Now for the challenge. If creationists can invent the imaginary factor of “information” and declare that it’s essential for evolution, then we can identify a factor — which need not be imaginary — that is present in all creationist writings, and is essential to make their peculiar “science” acceptable to their drooling fans. And no, the essential factor isn’t mere ignorance. Professional creationists know what they’re doing, but they add something that makes their writings so uniquely bizarre. What is it?
The form of today’s challenge is that you must tell us, with reasonable brevity:
You know the rules: You may enter the contest as many times as you wish, but you must avoid profanity, vulgarity, childish anatomical analogies, etc. Also, avoid slanderous statements about individuals. Feel free to comment on the entries submitted by others — with praise, criticism, or whatever — but you must do so tastefully.
There may not be a winner of this contest, but if there is, your Curmudgeon will decide, and whenever we get around to it we’ll announce who the winner is. There is no tangible prize — as always in life’s great challenges, the accomplishment is its own reward. We now throw open the comments section, dear reader. Go for it!
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