A Great Victory for Intelligent Design

Your Curmudgeon is having a difficult time figuring out how to deal with this one. We’re all accustomed to seeing the Discovery Institute seizing upon the most trivial items and claiming they mean another victory for their “theory” of intelligent design. But this one is different. It’s titled Evolution — The Board Game, written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Look what I stumbled on at the local community center: it’s Evolution, the board game, from North Star Games. I have not played it, but I will say it’s cute, quite pretty actually, and seems durably and intelligently constructed.

Then he quotes from the manufacturer’s description:

In Evolution, players create and adapt their own species in a dynamic ecosystem with hungry predators and limited resources. Traits like Hard Shell and Horns will protect you from Carnivores, while a Long Neck will help you get food that others cannot reach.

With over 12000 different species to create, every game becomes a different adventure. So gather your friends around the table and see who will best adapt their species to eat, multiply and thrive!

Very nice, but what does it have to do with anything? Klinghoffer tells us:

From the Amazon reviews [here ya go], it sounds fun and challenging, with plenty of strategy and choices available to players. Make the smart decisions, adapt your animal and equip it with all the right traits, such as Cooperation, a Long Neck, or Intelligence, and your species will thrive. Players may also spawn or create new species, following the same procedures.

Where is Klinghoffer going with this? Be patient. He continues:

Wait a minute… choices, decision, strategy, options… Adding features like Intelligence or a Long Neck, you “create” your species and “adapt” it… In Darwinian evolution, species may “adapt” (an intransitive verb) but an outside agent does not “adapt” (transitive sense) much less “create” them through deliberate choices. These are not my words, but those of North Star Games. Does all this sort of make you think of anything?

We think we see where he’s going. Here it comes:

A reviewer on Amazon, Tung Yin, took the words out of my mouth.

[He quotes the review:] Yes, this game is actually more like intelligent design than evolution. I played one time with my kids where we couldn’t pick what traits we wanted to assign; everything was random. Boy, did we get some hilariously bad creatures! It was interesting to try that way once…. [Emphasis added.]

Klinghoffer put that reference to intelligent design in bold font. Let’s read on:

Well, well. I bet it was interesting, but it sounds like the reviewer wouldn’t want to try the Darwinian way again.

Right. That’s because Darwinism is for fools! Another excerpt:

Evolution the board game, when played with something more like the actual rules of Darwin’s theory, fails “hilariously.” When played as an exercise in intelligent design, it succeeds.

Aha! Another triumph for the Discoveroids’ “theory.” Klinghoffer ends his brilliant post with this:

Another reviewer, who says she teaches seventh-grade science, urges, “GET THIS FOR YOUR CLASSROOM!!!” since the game “truly teaches the actual principles of evolution.” Does it, now? Ha. What else can I say? Ha.

The Discoveroids have triumphed over Darwinism yet again. Impressive, isn’t it?

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14 responses to “A Great Victory for Intelligent Design

  1. The Game of Intelligent Design (creationism) would be like a Monopoly board but with only one square – “Do Not Pass Go”

  2. For the umpteenth time creationists – evolution by natural selection is not random – it’s the opposite of random. The creationist community has been told this directly for decades. Please stop lying.

  3. I’ve played this game, and it’s a lot of fun. It’s also educational regarding evolutionary pressures: as the dynamics of the “environment” (the characteristics and populations of other players’ animals) change, species become less fit and must acquire different traits to survive.

  4. Charles Deetz ;)

    So the creator is just playing a game with creating things?

  5. Michael Fugate

    Klinghoffer couldn’t know if it were like evolution as he doesn’t understand evolution and he couldn’t know if it were like intelligent design as no one has a clue what ID is.

  6. Don’t fool yourself, dear SC. As soon as you read “durably and intelligently constructed” you knew what Klinkleclapper’s point would be.

  7. Pete Moulton

    Of all the species which have ever existed on the earth, more than 99% are now extinct. Somebody, please tell me how this comports with “intelligent design.” In truth, it seems to me that their precious “designer” ain’t all that bright.

  8. Ross Cameron

    Well, the board game with ‘god’ finished up with 33,000 diseases. I know which one I want to join.

  9. May I remind you that there is a difference between evolution and national selection.

  10. Dave Luckett

    Exactly, TomS. Darwin knew, of course, that humans could “intelligently design” the species they domesticated, by selecting for the traits they considered desirable. His great insight was that the environment could also select for traits – the ones that brought reproductive success. And it did it without needing a “design”.

  11. Michael Fugate

    What baffles is half of the time they claim natural selection works and the other half it doesn’t. Or maybe it doesn’t given that it is apologetics.

  12. Yes hilarious funny critters when played for 10min at random…now go for 4million years with rewards for success!!!

  13. A game board is designed? What a revolutionary discovery. I am looking forward to the publication of this DI study in the peer-reviewed (?) American Journal of Play (http://www.journalofplay.org/).

  14. Once again creationists demonstrate that they simply don’t understand the concept of natural selection, which is not random and yet still does not require a Designer. And without that understanding, they haven’t a clue about Darwinian evolution.