. . . Thursday August 11, 2005

Unintelligent Design

David Galbraith considers countering the nonsensical Intelligent Design movement with a theory he calls Unintelligent Design (which, for the record, I think should be spelled incorrectly for added punch):

I have a new theory – Unintelligent Design, which is the same as Intelligent Design, except that the creator is either a moron or Satan.

This theory has no less evidence to support it than Intelligent Design, since its mechanisms are identical.

This theory is more compatible with religious teachings in that it proposes that suffering happens to creatures made by the devil.

This theory is more compatible with Darwinian evolution in that species change through mistakes and random bad design.

Above all it changes the Darwinian view of evolution which acknowledges that the suffering of those that were less adapted is the innocent result of an amoral process, by saying that all imperfect creatures were made by the devil.

Sounds fair (although I’m still a bit partial to the Spaghetti Monster Hypothesis). But to really attack the core of the intelligent design movement, we’d probably want to call the counter movement Intelligent PR Campaign because that’s all Intelligent Design is: An attempt to confuse a very basic issue by reframing it with a goofy name.

That, unfortunately, is a tactic that seems to work pretty often.

Concentration is important!