Intelligent Design in the News!

The Discovery Institute’s “theory” of intelligent design is often the subject of dismissive laughter. You too, dear reader, have probably been contemptuous of their work. But how wrong you are!

We found two news items of which you were probably unaware. We’ll give you some excerpts from each, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

First, take a look at Plans for West Bridgford dementia care home extension revealed which appears at the website West Bridgford Wire, located in West Bridgford, of Nottinghamshire, England. They say:

Plans for an extension to Church Farm at Skylarks have been revealed. Nottingham’s Leonard Design Architects, is behind the design which proposes extensions to both the ground and first floor of the existing Church Farm at Skylarks home in West Bridgford. … Multiple elements of intelligent architecture, led by Leonard Design’s Becky Smith and driven by the innovative approach of ‘Church Farm Care’ owner Patrick Atkinson, will create a care environment that is supportive and nurturing to those with dementia.

Here comes the intelligent design:

Becky Smith, Leonard Design Architects’ dementia care expert, said: “The over 65s population is projected to increase by nearly 60% in the next 25 years so the development of more private care homes is essential. … By looking at the Dutch approach to care home design, specifically visiting first-hand the pioneering Hogeweyk ‘dementia village’ in the Netherlands, it’s clear there are real health benefits to intelligent design. [Ooooooooooooh!] It’s exciting that Nottingham may soon have an innovative and forward-thinking care home to give a different option to local people with dementia.”

There are real health benefits to intelligent design!

That’s enough from the first story. Next we have a press release: Cowry creates groundbreaking kitchen design app leveraging AI and Big Data to the advantage of the construction and renovation industry, which informs us:

AI and Big Data are the talk of the town since last year, but the construction and renovation industry has yet to see the benefits of these new technologies. The amount of data required to create intelligent design software [Ooooooooooooh!] has proven an obstacle to the implementation of AI technology to applications like home remodels. Most home renovation companies simply don’t have the resources to acquire enough data to successfully create smart design software. Until now.

Cowry Cabinets, a manufacturer and dealer of high-quality cabinetry, is launching an ingenious app that will allow users to shop for, design and purchase a kitchen all through one easy-to-use, smart AI platform. Cowry’s goal is simple: extend the benefits of AI and Big Data to the renovation industry, and in the process, provide its customers with an easier, more affordable way to design and build kitchens. The AI Kitchen Designer app delivers on this goal in three key ways:

Only the first of those interests us. Here it is:

Patented Advanced Intelligent Design Software – The design process is simplified to the extent that anybody from a first-time renovator to a no-nonsense contractor could download the app and design a kitchen in a matter of minutes. It’s as easy as entering your space measurements and selecting your cabinet and hardware styles. Cowry’s 3D rendering technology will use this information to instantly generate a visual representation of your kitchen design.

Impressive, huh? And remember — we found both of these items on the same day! So while you, in your smug, Darwinist way, laugh at the Discovery Institute and their “theory” of intelligent design, it’s time you opened you eyes. From homes for the demented to modern kitchen renovation, intelligent design is everywhere! The Discoveroids must be very proud.

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11 responses to “Intelligent Design in the News!

  1. Well, I have to agree: Intelligent Design is just what you need to build a Dementia Village…

  2. Michael Fugate

    Futures
    Volume 21, Issue 4, August 1989, Pages 319-333
    The New Frontier
    Intelligent architecture through intelligent design
    Walter M.Kroner
    https://doi.org/10.1016/S0016-3287(89)80001-1
    This paper explores the dichotomy between intelligent buildings as containers of smart technologies and the potential for an intelligent architecture responsive to cultural shifts, resource issues, and human potential.

  3. I already have a Deity app on my smart-arse phone, which allows me to design a universe, and everything in it. There’s a few kinks to iron out, though: the marine mammals ended up with lungs, and some of the kids developed cancer.

    Other than that, it works pretty well.

  4. So if there’s a storm or a whirlwind and I unexpectantly find a full set of kitchen cabinets in my backyard, I’ll know how they got there. Intelligent design! Man, that is fantastic, cause the shipping from Vancouver to Sydney, Australia would be pretty much prohibitive otherwise. Of course, I’m not actually in the market for a new kitchen at the moment, but I guess the designer knows best.

    I am a believer… well, I will be right after that whirlwind.

  5. It doesn’t sound like the reference to intelligent design here is giving credit to anything the Discoveroids preach. It simply says that a well designed home for people with dementia will be beneficial to them. It’s like saying people with disabilities should have residence/s that appropriately meet their special needs, like the ADA law.
    The second example is simply an application of AI, given some data input, it makes a guess at design information. Nothing miraculous here. Again this has nothing to do with the DI.

  6. “There are real health benefits to intelligent design!”
    How often do I have to tell you that you should learn to read Dutch, dear SC? Oh wait – it’s what you have me for. My mistake.
    Here’s the site of Hogeweyk.

    https://hogeweyk.dementiavillage.com/

    Yup, it’s intelligently designed (though you won’t find the words Intelligent Ontwerp). However there is no reference at the Grand Old Designer (blessed be MOFO!). A serious omission, so it seems.

    @DavidK has noticed it as well. But exactly this is what we have Paley’s False Watchmaker Analogy for.
    Some caring Dutch intelligently designed a village for demented people.
    Some Grand Old Designer (blessed be MOFO!) intelligently designed an alternate reality for IDiots and other creacrappers.

    Hm, I think something went wrong with the analogy.

  7. If something is designed, it had best be designed intelligently. That way, we could avoid things like the recurrent laryngeal nerve.

    Though to be fair to the DI, AFAIK they have not yet claimed that the desirability of intelligently designing buildings gives actual support to their case, whatever that may be days

  8. What is the relation between Information and Intelligent Design? Between design and Intelligent Design? Between evolution and Information? Between evoluton and design? Between Intelligent Design and creation? Between evolution and creation?
    There is an old diagram of logic, going back to the Midlle Ages, called the “Square of opposition” (see Wikipedia) What is the relatonship between any of those “oppositions”? Contrary, contradictory, altern, subaltern? Does Intelligetn design folow from Information, or is it the other way aroudn, or are they contraries, etc.?

  9. Michael Fugate

    The point here is that anytime a scientist uses the word design – no matter the context – the DI jumps on it as validating their belief, when in fact the only time it is warranted is as discussed in these articles.

  10. Even in the case that there is design, design is not an explanation.
    Consider why is there that smile on the Mona Lisa?
    It is not an answer to say “design”.
    It is true that Leonardo designed it, but that is not an answer.
    Just as it is not an answer to say that it is a painting, that it is a portrait, or it is beautiful.
    Why are there pyramids in Egypt? Because they are designed?
    Why is the “Unfinished Symphony” unfinished? Because it was desiged?
    Why did Apollo 13 not land on the Moon? Because it was designed?
    Why did the chicken cross the road? Because the road was designed?

    And that is just the beginning of the inadequacies of design as an explanation.

  11. TomS, the correct answer to every single question of yours is “goddiddid”.