If you’re one of those foolish Darwinists who dismisses the Discovery Institute’s “theory” of intelligent design because there’s no evidence for their designer or his handiwork, get ready for a shock.
The latest post at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog is Physicist David Snoke: If DNA Is Designed, Its History by Definition Must Already Be Erased. It was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Conversations between proponents and (thoughtful) critics of intelligent design often have a quality of talking past each other. On a podcast episode of ID the Future, University of Pittsburgh physicist David Snoke offers a helpful explanation of why that might be. [Link omitted.]
We’ve written about Snoke a time or two before — see David Snoke: Creationist Physicist? He works with the Discoveroids to promote intelligent design — see Another Discoveroid Revival Meeting. Klinghoffer says:
Most people who think about science are accustomed to scientific explanations being historical in nature. Explaining why something exists means recounting the steps by which it became what it is.
We could argue about whether, say, physics is historical, as opposed to geology or biological evolution, but let’s not get sidetracked. Klinghoffer is talking about evolution, and he asks:
Well, what about the biological information in DNA? How did that come to be?
Information? Ah yes, that’s the essential, magical ingredient inserted into our DNA by the designer — blessed be he! — which mere evolution can’t provide. See Phlogiston, Vitalism, and Information. Klinghoffer tells us:
The problem is that scientific thinking that’s open to the design hypothesis must be prepared to break the “history” rule. Information implies an author [Hee hee!], but, says Dr. Snoke, “By definition, good information-carrying systems are intrinsically history-erasing systems.”
What? The same mysterious mechanism that provides information also erases the evidence of its actions? Klinghoffer explains:
If you think about this for a moment, you already know it. Every time we compose meaningful text, we seek to erase its history. I’m doing that right now. I will keep doing it until I hit the “Publish” button, and maybe even after. [Skipping boring details of Klinghoffer’s editing process.] Writing that retains a strong sense of just how and in what order it was conceived and composed would be a total mess. For it to be effective, that history must be carefully erased.
Klinghoffer understands the designer’s methods. They’re just like his own. He continues:
So if DNA reflects a designer’s purpose, then to ask for its history, clearly reflected in the artifact itself, is a contradiction. Objectively considering the question of life’s origins requires being open to the possibility that, as far as the artifact is concerned, its history is largely effaced.
Yes. We can imagine the designer, somewhere in some magical domain beyond the universe, sitting at his drawing board and designing our DNA — editing, scratching out, revising, etc., until he’s finally got it right. The result is our DNA — perfect in every detail, with no junk whatsoever. Klinghoffer ends with this:
To demand history may be to prejudice the evidence before you’ve even looked at it. I understand that evolutionists assume that DNA reveals its history, thus giving evidence of the common ancestry of all creatures. But that’s an assumption, and it guarantees you’ll find what you expect to find.
So there you are, dear reader. Your objection to the Discoveroids’ “theory” has been addressed and rebutted. The absence of evidence for intelligent design is actually proof of intelligent design. Now don’t you feel foolish?
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