The deluded staff over at the Intelligent Design website once again prove the validity of the textbook definition of insanity, which is repeating the same thing over and over while hoping for a different result every time. Stubbornly, they continue to reinvent their religious propaganda in spite of continued court defeats, rejections by state school boards and worldwide refute of almost all their “research” by the global scientific community. The have once again changed their definition of Intelligent Design, which was in itself a redefinition of “Creationism”. Although these people are entitled to believe what they want, they are not entitled to their own facts. The previous definition that appeared on their website defined Intelligent design as “a scientific theory which holds that certain features of the universe and living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, and are not the result of an undirected, chance-based process such as Darwinian evolution”. The new explanation is as follows:
“Intelligent design refers to a scientific research program as well as a community of scientists, philosophers and other scholars who seek evidence of design in nature. The theory of intelligent design holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection”
Let’s take a minute to examine their new approach to delusion…
Those of us who know better can argue against the supernatural aspect of this statement from the standpoint of reason, logic and the lack of empirical evidence for the existence of an intelligent designer. With that said, you will immediately notice a few things in their new explanation. At first glance you might want to give them credit for exchanging “Scientific Theory” for “Scientific Research Process”, as their tripe is anything but a “Theory” in the scientific definitive. Of course, they didn’t completely remove the word “theory” from their explanation. They only moved it a little farther along. That, coupled with the fact that there is nothing at all scientific about their research serves to negate any kudos they might have gained.
The inclusion of “scholars” is supposed to add an air of respect, but the attempt becomes moot when you consider that these scholars are actually theologians. As well, while they still “seek evidence”, Evolutionary Theory already has an almost innumerable collection of evidence to support it’s validity, and more is consistently revealed on a regular basis. The glaringly obvious absence of the words “chance-based” is likely due to an acquiescence to the fact that Evolution has nothing to do with “chance”. However, using the word “undirected” only serves to solidify their delusion that a supernatural being is somehow responsible for the wonders of the universe. I am happy, though, to see the change from “Darwin Evolutionism” to “Natural Selection”, with all due respect still going to Darwin, of course.
Still, none of this changes the fact that these people are still creationists that believe the fundamental operating force responsible for our existence is ‘magical’. In reality, science is study of natural forces only and ceases being science when it tries to explain phenomenon by means of the supernatural. Creationism and “Intelligent Design” are a department of fundamental Christian apologetics and exist only to defend the biblical book of Genesis. Creationism lacks any merit of truth, exposes the absurdity of biblical mythology and abandons anything that even remotely approaching scientific research. Creationist “investigation” takes place using almost solely literary references and not laboratory experimentation. This results in horrifically inaccurate, misinformed and unscientific evidence against evolution.
Creationists try to prove their myths by attempting to disprove scientific evolutionary theory and ignoring almost everything connected with Cosmology. Their results are preposterous, and include the ridiculous notion that green plants existed before the sun and that the whole of life and nature came into existence not only in a very short time frame, but largely intact as we observe in the present day. Their ignorance further purports a young earth that was once completely covered in water and anything that appears ancient was created to look that way by god. The nail in their coffin is the inclusion of magic or magical events as part of their explanation of how everything came to be.
Thanks to dedicated scientists like Dr. Stephen Hawking, we already know so much about how the universe began via the “Big Bang” theory, and while the field of abiogenesis may be in it’s infancy, it already shows great promise in uncovering what creationists call “first cause”. Science uses the unknown to propagate discovery. Religion attributes the unknown to the supernatural. Just because we don’t have an explanation does not mean “god did it”.
Both Cosmology and Evolutionary theory consists of vast bases of tested and proven knowledge. The continuing flow of new information that is added to these knowledge bases make it inconceivable how anyone still believes in the bizarre details of the Genesis myth. It is almost scandalous that creationism survives. When given the choice between accepting something that is factual against something that is mythical, I will choose the factual. Living your life according to myths and fairy tales is nothing short of childish. You don’t have to be a scientist to know this.