The Discovery Institute has a powerful message today, dear reader. If this doesn’t convince you to abandon your silly faith in Darwin, then nothing will. The new post (by Klinghoffer) at their creationist blog is New Science Uprising Episode: “Programming Without a Programmer”? [Ooooooooooooh! A Discoveroid podcast!] Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Two remarkable advances in science together sealed the doom of any materialist evolutionary theory. [Gasp!] They are the development of computer software, and the discovery that digital code lies at the foundation of life. That’s the theme of the new third episode of Science Uprising, “DNA: The Programmer.” [Link omitted.]
That might be the most powerful opening paragraph we’ve ever seen, and Klinghoffer is just getting started. He says:
You’d have to be pretty insensitive to watch these six minutes through to the end without getting goosebumps, even if the information argument developed by Douglas Axe, Stephen Meyer [two Discoveroids], and other design theorists is already familiar to you: [Youtube link omitted.]
After that he tells us:
Atheists Craig Venter and Richard Dawkins are famed scientists who freely agree on the analogy between software and genetic coding. Microsoft’s Bill Gates, who ought to know, ups the ante by noting that DNA stands as a far more impressive instance of coding than the software that humans are able to devise.
Wowie — if those guys are impressed by DNA code, then that settles the issue! Klinghoffer continues:
As Stephen Meyer says here, we know from having lived in and observed the world that “information always arises from an intelligent source.” [Ooooooooooooh!] Simply applying that knowledge to the biological information in DNA seems to command an inference to intelligent design.
That’s a scientific law that everyone can agree upon. And in case you’re wondering what “information” is, we recommend Phlogiston, Vitalism, and Information.
Hey, Klinghoffer has inspired us. We have another scientific law for you: A huge heap of excrement always comes from a huge colon. You can easily apply that to the Discoveroids and their scientific output. Let’s read on:
We also know [yeah, we know], as Meyer points out, that “random changes in a section of functional code or functional information is going to degrade that information long before you get to something fundamentally new. That’s the problem with the mutation-selection mechanism as an explanation for new genetic information.”
Egad! The mechanism for evolution doesn’t work. Darwin was an idiot! Another excerpt:
“So here’s the question,” asks the masked narrator [Masked?] of Science Uprising: “If our DNA code is more complex than any manmade software, where did it come from? [Wow!] Is it possible it was authored without an author? [Of course not!] Programmed without a programmer?” Materialists are forced back to such a conclusion, which common sense, or what Dr. Axe has called “common science,” tells us is absurd.
Materialists are fools! Here’s the end of it:
The episode also briefly sketches those most precious things in humans experience whose value our culture’s reigning materialism would have us deny. [Huh?] There’s a lot at stake. Please do consider sharing it widely.
Our only question is how to classify the Discoveroids’ brilliant new argument. It’s not quite the Watchmaker analogy, but it’s certainly close. They’re saying “X seems designed, therefore X is designed, therefore a designer exists.” There must be a well-established philosophical term for that. Do you know what it is, dear reader?
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