One of the core concepts in the Discovery Institute’s “theory” of intelligent design is what they call specified complexity. We astonished the world a few years ago when we published Curmudgeon Computes Specified Complexity. The mathematical expression displayed above is copied from that now-famous post.
To our delight, the Discoveroids are posting again about that fascinating concept. Their headline is Specified Complexity Is All Around Us. It was written by Sarah Chaffee, whom we call “Savvy Sarah.” This is her bio page at the Discoveroids’ website. Here are some excerpts from her post, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. That’s something a CPA told me the other night. [Wowie — a CPA!] Achievement is not random. It requires intelligent design. A key idea in the theory of ID is specification, or matching a pattern. Specified, complex information is a hallmark of intelligent activity. Humans can envision an end goal.
We can see where Savvy Sarah is going. Humans have to plan their achievements, and that’s the way it is with the intelligent designer — blessed be he! She says:
Chance and determinism fail to produce specified complexity, but mind can create it. ID theorists including William Dembski have given mathematical rigor to this idea. [Not like the Curmudgeon!] But it’s all around us in everyday life.
Ooooooooooooh! Specified complexity is all around us. Then she gives a few examples. We’re not going to give you any big excerpts, but here’s a summary: First — financial planning. She says:
Randomness and determinism are the enemies when it comes to financial success — planning and information are one’s greatest assets.
After that she tells us about exercising to stay healthy. That requires planning. So does learning languages and music. Savvy Sarah explains:
Again — musicians and language learners eschew chance in favor of discipline and specific goals.
Phooey on chance! It’ll never accomplish anything. Only idiots believe in the unplanned blundering of evolution. She wraps it all up in her final paragraph:
Planning and follow-through bring excitement and hope. Some part of us knows that mind must triumph over matter and circumstance if complex order is to prevail. Neo-Darwinian evolution, which depends on chance and determinism, does not fit with this perspective, nor with our experiences.
That was very persuasive! Planning is the way to get things done. Only a fool would rely on random mutations and the chance of survival to make any progress. Darwin must have been an idiot!
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