Today’s new post at the creationist blog of the Discovery Institute brings back a couple of subjects that we haven’t seen for quite some time. It’s titled Engineers in the Systems Biology Revolution, and it has no author’s by-line. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
A new episode of ID the Future [Ooooooooooooh! A Discoveroid podcast!] spotlights systems biology and the role engineers can play in some leading-edge biology.
Did they say engineers? Wowie! That reminds us of the Salem hypothesis, according to which engineering types — and that often includes computer scientists — have a tendency toward the creationist viewpoint. Then they say:
According to guest Steve Laufmann, systems biology is taking the biological world by storm, an approach that treats biological systems as optimally or near-optimally engineered systems and, using that working assumption, seeks to better understand the system.
Laufmann’s name rarely shows up around here. The last time was You Can’t Criticize the Intelligent Designer, where the Discoveroids described him as “a consultant in the growing field of Enterprise Architecture.” Anyway, the new Discoveroid post tells us:
Laufmann says this provides an opening for engineers to contribute, since they have a deep understanding of what it takes to make a complex system work, and what’s required to change one core aspect of an engineered system so that it continues to work with all of the other crucial parts of the system.
Engineers are already contributing to the Discoveroids’ activities. You’ve probably heard of the Discoveroids’ list of scientists who have signed their Scientific Dissent from Darwinism. A big percentage of those “scientists” are engineers, as we discussed in Discoveroids’ “Scientific Dissent from Darwinism”. But that’s old news. Let’s find out what the Discoveroids are trying to tell us today. Their post continues:
Many biologists aren’t trained in this, Laufmann says, and most engineers aren’t trained in the details of biology. Laufmann argues that the way forward [to creationism, presumably] is to get engineers and biologists talking, train biologists in engineering principles, and train engineers in biology.
Ah yes, that’s “the way forward.” Or is it? Anyway, there’s a bit more to the Discoveroid post, but it’s best that we ignore it. This is where we’re leaving them, but you can click over there and gobble up the rest — if that’s what you like.
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