Discoveroids Say Your Carcass Is Designed

We knew we were about to see something weird when we spotted the title of the latest item at the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog: Patterns of Design in Human Life. It’s very brief and it has no author’s by-line, so this won’t take up much of your time. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

On a new episode of ID the Future [Ooooooooooooh! A Discoveroid podcast!], physician Geoffrey Simmons speaks with host Andrew McDiarmid about his new book Are We Here to Recreate Ourselves? The Convergence of Design. [That’s a link to the book at Amazon.] There’s a pattern in our re-creating ourselves, Simmons says, even in the artifacts we create, but especially in human reproduction. Download the podcast or listen to it here. [Link omitted.]

We’ve encountered Simmons before — see The Discoveroids Have a New Fellow. Here’s their biographical information about him. He’s a creationist MD, and he writes a lot about sex — see Discoveroids: The Miracle of Childbirth.

Let’s see what we can learn about Simmons’ book. The information provided by Amazon is that the book’s publisher is Services LLC. What’s that all about? Oh, wait — the Discoveroids’ link took us to the Kindle version. The book is also available in paperback. Clicking to that and going to the publisher info line it says: “Independently published.” Make of that what you will, dear reader.

Okay, back to the Discoveroids. They say:

Dr. Simmons sees clues of design in the processes of reproduction, in development, and in the many complex events in the lungs and vascular system that make childbirth possible. There’s even evidence of intentionality behind aging and death.

Your Curmudgeon once explored the possibility that we humans were designed. You can see the results here: Buffoon Award Winner — The Intelligent Designer. Anyway, the Discoveroids finish their brief post with this:

In sum, Simmons argues, careful observations across many decades have shown that we never see such complex and foresight-rich processes created except by the working of mind or intelligence; it just doesn’t happen any other way.

So there you have it, dear reader. If you’re thrilled at the way your carcass is functioning, you can thank the intelligent designer — blessed be he! And if everything isn’t quite to your liking, then blame it on Adam & Eve. Whichever it is, there’s no need to consider anything as ridiculous as evolution.

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7 responses to “Discoveroids Say Your Carcass Is Designed

  1. Michael Fugate

    They keep writing the same book over and over – nothing ever new. In the intro he cites “The neck of the giraffe” by Francis Hitching – weird.

  2. Our dear SC invites us: “info line it says: “Independently published.” Make of that what you will, dear reader.”
    Independent means “not under the supervision of darwinist commienazis who desperately try to smother ID genius by means of censorship”.

    “Dr. Simmons sees clues of design …..”
    Well, yes, I see clues of design in every single crystal and specifically grains of sand and snowflakes. So what? Ah, wait a second:

    “There’s even evidence of intentionality …..”
    behind the designs of aforementioned crystals as well.

    “we never see such complex and foresight-rich processes created except by the working of mind or intelligence”
    Exactly! The main hobby of the Grand Old Designer (blessed be MOFO!) is designing innumerable variations of crystal designs. Every time you put sugar in your coffee or add salt to your food you should be grateful for the benevolence of the Grand Old Designer! Better still, those brilliant designs never have been corrupted by the terrible mistake of Adam and Eve. God is verily Great!

  3. It sounds as if design replaces reproduction and metabolism and everything else.

  4. Michael Fugate

    Is there anything God isn’t doing? Trump claims God manipulated US voters to make him president.

  5. Dave Luckett

    Ah, the publishing industry! (“Industry” in this case does not mean “conscientious effort” or “useful enterprise”. In fact, publishing is the only example I know, of a commercial venture nearly entirely devoted to preventing its own supposed activity.) My own modest, and mostly frustrated, contacts with it allow me to say that “independently published” means available on print-on-demand (“POD”) from a pay-per-page press (which might be completely respectable, so long as the proprietors are honest about what they’re doing) and on Amazon Kindle. The latter requires only a manuscript in its set format, but which need not even be coherent, far less actually intellectually respectable.

    As of course this is not. The words, “we never see such complex and foresight-rich processes created except by the working of mind or intelligence” are a flat lie, born of ignorance and denial of reality. Engineers have for decades been using repeated generational modification by small degrees followed by culling the poorer performers – evolution, in other words – to create designs that are complex and apparently foresighted. Quite often, the engineers themselves do not know how or why the evolved design is more efficient. It just is.

    Evolution, bitches. It works.

  6. And designers have drawn inspiration from nature to solve problems.
    This suggests that there is something which is more productive than pure intelligence of design.

  7. Karl Goldsmith

    Just another creationist book.