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Monday, February 19, 2007

Dembski and the ID folk are confused

Yup, there appears to be turmoil amongst the Intelligent Design folk over which mascot to use. On the one hand, the bacterial flagellum has been popular and, at least according to the ID folk, easy to understand. The new kid on the block is the ribosome. Apparently that one is appealing, but kind of complicated. Yes folks this is the type of science you've come to expect from the DISCO crowd. Arguments about which mascot produces better t-shirt sales**. After all, we have learned that if the t-shirts don't sell, then the science can't be all that great. Yup, these are the sorts of intellectual debates generated by Bill Dembski at his groupies at DesignInference on a daily basis. I can see the weekly meeting now at headquarters.....

Meyer: We need a new mascot for ID. T-shirt sales have dropped and people are complaining that we lack imagination. I propose the Krebs Cycle.

Dembski: Too complicated. How about one that says "Specified Complexity: Too Complex to be specific about".

Behe: Don't be an idiot Bill, you know my mousetrap has popular appeal and everybody likes the mouse (ask the Disney folk). Or the flagellum that's also a peach.

Wells: What a crock, the mousetrap is getting old, the flagellum is risky (remember your embarassment at Dover, Bill?) and both are losing oomph with the public. If we really want to increase t-shirt and mug sales we've got to be innovative. I like the ribosome.

Behe: Aww do I have to take this crap from Jon. T-shirt sales are going well. Mug sales are up and our calendar and poster sales are off the charts.

Dembski: How about the toaster?

Meyer: Focus fellas, this is an important new step for the Discovery Institute. Evolution is failing in large part due to our increased sales. We've got to get it right.

Behe: I know this is off-topic, but I was thinking about getting back to the lab and doing some research.

Dembski, Meyer, Wells: Mike, you always bring levity to an important decision with your jokes. Ok, tommorrow we'll make this monumental decision. Who's going to contact Fox News?


Yes, folks these are precisely the types of high level discussions going on around the idea of Intelligent Design.....and they wonder why real scientists laugh at them.


Cheers

Joe Meert

**All sales profits, of course go to research***

***on the next product.

6 Comments:

At 5:04 PM, Anonymous Coragyps said...

Now a ribosome does have some appeal - you can make it look like a meatball with noodles. The Designer Himself, perhaps.....

 
At 6:36 PM, Blogger ERV said...

I dare them to use the ribosome.

I dare them.

I triple dog dare them.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=pubmed&cmd=Retrieve&dopt=AbstractPlus&list_uids=16505372&query_hl=3&itool=pubmed_docsum

 
At 6:37 PM, Blogger ERV said...

Crap-- plug "Three RNA cells for ribosomal lineages and three DNA viruses to replicate their genomes: a hypothesis for the origin of cellular domain." into PubMed

 
At 7:02 PM, Anonymous jpb said...

Well heck doctor professor joe. You wear a t-shirt with a ‘soil horizon’ on it all the time.

Oh wait, that’s real dirt from conducting field research---

Never mind.

 
At 11:14 PM, Blogger aka...Forthekids said...

That was kinda funny, Joe.

[whispering] But, don't tell the ID guys I thought so! [/whispering]

 
At 5:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it me, but does the ribosome bear an uncanny resemblance to the Flying Spaghetti Monster?...

 

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