John S. Wilkins posted Entry 1708 on November 23, 2005 08:00 PM.
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The eminent science journal Nature has a letter (subscription required) from Professor A. Richard Palmer of the Systematics and Evolution Group, at the University of Alberta.

In it, he proposes that we teach the controversy - not only should we teach that there is an Intelligent Design hypothesis, we should also teach that there is an Intelligent Deceiver motivating the ID movement.

Individuals who understand how to debate alternative scientific hypotheses would never intentionally promote religious dogma as science. So an intelligent deceiver must be at work, guiding proponents of ID to sow confusion over valid scientific debate.

He goes on to say:

To exclude intelligent deception from debates over ID versus evolution could be considered hypocritical on both legal and moral grounds. And if proponents of ID reject the hypothesis of intelligent deception, their objections would be most interesting to hear, particularly the ones that dismiss the deceiver without imperilling the designer.

We here at the Pandas Thumb like this idea. But it doesn’t go nearly far enough. If we want to teach the controversy, let us teach all of it. For example:

  1. Multiple Designer Theory

This is the theory that every little trait, and every organism, had its own Designer. Not only does it have exactly the same philosophical and scientific basis that ID does, it is more explanatory than ID. It is also something we take particular pride in having proposed right here at The Panda’s Thumb.

  1. Omphalism

This is the view that the Designer actually just finished doing His work yesterday, or Last Thursday, or 6000 years ago, but made it look like it happened over 4.5 billion years (for terrestrial evolution). A variation on this is the idea that while the Designer (notice how carefully we are avoiding the G-word?) had a hand in some or all of biological evolution, He (or It or They) made it look exactly as if it had happened naturally. But it takes special powers to see that it couldn’t have.

  1. Lamarckism/Lysenkoism

This scientific gem proposes that we deny that inheritance is based on chromosomes and that what happens to organisms can be inherited. It was used to great effect in the old Soviet Union (it killed millions in a famine induced by its application to agriculture). It should be amenable to the present U.S. Administration.

I’m quite sure that I have left out some equally as important as ID theories that could be taught with as much profit. Do please add them to the Comments…

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Comment #59690

Posted by Pete Dunkelberg on November 23, 2005 10:02 PM (e)

For another insight into the ID, read this clear to the end.

Comment #59700

Posted by djlactin on November 23, 2005 10:46 PM (e)

There’s the “delusion” idea (modified in the “matrix” trilogy): it’s all an illusion and we’re each actually just a brain (or something) in a vat.

And of course, there is always solipsism: “it’s all just my imagination”.

Comment #59704

Posted by Brian Spitzer on November 23, 2005 11:32 PM (e)

Two points:

1)It is something of a mantra among the ID movement that we can tell when a structure or system of parts fulfills “a purpose”, and that this is a reliable sign of design. They’ve made something of a PR success.

Our failure has been to let them get away with not discussing the “purpose” which is evident in organisms. If this topic is pushed at all, it turns out that the “purpose” of all living systems and structures is– to encourage the transmission of the genes that code for that system or structure. Of course, it just happens that natural selection only favors systems with this “purpose”.

2) I’m especially fond of Multiple Designer Theory because it points to a serious weakness in ID that I think most lay people can intuitively understand. We design machines to do a particular job. We do not then turn around and design other machines to specifically interfere with the first machines. Some of the most ingenious “designs” in nature do precisely this.

Working at cross purposes to oneself is not a hallmark of a single intelligent designer, yet nature is constantly engaged in this. IMHO, conflicts within a species are a real can of worms for ID– especially, for example, conflicts between mother and fetus. What a mess for ID– but so easily explained by evolution.

Comment #59714

Posted by Apesnake on November 24, 2005 1:19 AM (e)

Is there really any evidence of intelligence behind the deception? Is an intelligence agency needed to deceive the Intelligent Design movementeurs (yeah, I know its not a real word).

What if they are just irreducibly uninformed?

Comment #59720

Posted by Wesley R. Elsberry on November 24, 2005 2:12 AM (e)

And of course, there is always solipsism: “it’s all just my imagination”.

And don’t forget post-modernism: “It’s all just our imagination”. A social variant of solipsism at basis, it seems.

Comment #59721

Posted by EZGoing on November 24, 2005 2:21 AM (e)

It was used to great effect in the old Soviet Union (it killed millions in a famine induced by its application to agriculture)

I hear this a lot about Lamarckism/Lysenkoism in the Soviet Union. Weren’t their problems economic? Didn’t Stalin and totalitarian brutality cause the famines? Before I get jumped on, all I’m saying is that it’s simplistic to use this argument. A better one would be… well I don’t know. This argument just seems prone to attack by you know who.

Comment #59723

Posted by John Wilkins on November 24, 2005 2:28 AM (e)

The reliance upon vernalisation did cause famine. Economic mismanagement (over-reporting yields) also caused famine. Stalin also murdered, or rather his secret police did, millions of people. The one does not rule out the others.

Comment #59724

Posted by Andrew Mead McClure on November 24, 2005 2:43 AM (e)

In Soviet Russia, you die for a wide variety of reasons!

Omphalism… A variation on this is the idea that while the Designer (notice how carefully we are avoiding the G-word?)

Man… at this point can we just drop the words “God” and “Designer” altogether and skip straight to “Demiurge”?

Comment #59725

Posted by EZGoing on November 24, 2005 2:46 AM (e)

That’s a good point. I wasn’t familiar with the term “vernalisation” and had to google it.

Comment #59726

Posted by God on November 24, 2005 3:03 AM (e)

“And don’t forget post-modernism: “It’s all just our imagination”. A social variant of solipsism at basis, it seems.”

Ahh, but some forms of postmodernism deny the possibility of genuine imagination!

Comment #59729

Posted by Rupert Morrish on November 24, 2005 3:28 AM (e)

Brian Spitzer wrote:

We design machines to do a particular job. We do not then turn around and design other machines to specifically interfere with the first machines.

I have worked on many software systems that have, over the years, had exactly such processes added to them. Particularly when an old system has been ported to a new platform, it’s easier to add a whole new program to stop an undesirable behaviour than to modify the old program.

Comment #59731

Posted by John on November 24, 2005 3:31 AM (e)

“It was used to great effect in the old Soviet Union (it killed millions in a famine induced by its application to agriculture)”

Not true.

Comment #59733

Posted by Mike Walker on November 24, 2005 3:54 AM (e)

Don’t forget the Meddling Designer (mentioned in another PT thread) - a designer who can’t keep his hands to himself, even today, and thus prevents scientists from being able to trust the results of any experiment they run.

Then there’s the Lazy Designer, who did some pretty good work but, let’s face it, could have done a whole lot better had they put in a little more effort.

Perhaps PT should inaugurate a Pantheon of Designers as a helpful guide to confused would-be ID supporters?

Comment #59735

Posted by Stephen Elliott on November 24, 2005 5:20 AM (e)

I would like to present the:
Cosmic Game; Design Hypothesis:
There are 2 Designers (or possibly design teams)trying to out compete each other. Team 1 “Kicks off” by designing something biological. Team 2 takes it’s turn; options a)Design an opposing biological system or b)Cause a non-biological event to wipe out opponent’s design.

After a set time there is a great weigh in and the side with the most bio-mass wins.

This hypothesis would explain.
The sudden appearance of creatures.
Lack of transitional fossils.
The germ/immune system weirdness.

I realise that I now need to come up with some experimental evidence, but before I do that lets teach it in science class.
Mass extinctions

Comment #59736

Posted by Stephen Elliott on November 24, 2005 5:25 AM (e)

Bah! Should have previewed more carefully.

Mass extinctions: should be above the sentence asking for class time, and under germ/immune comment.

Comment #59739

Posted by SteveF on November 24, 2005 5:52 AM (e)

There were a couple of interesting evolution related papers in the previous issue. One on protein folding and the other on the evolution of complex systems IIRC. For some reason my suscription isn’t working so I can’t provide the abstracts. Thought the PT might comment on at least one of them.

Comment #59742

Posted by NelC on November 24, 2005 6:30 AM (e)

Brian Spritzer wrote:

Working at cross purposes to oneself is not a hallmark of a single intelligent designer, yet nature is constantly engaged in this.

What if He has Multiple Personality Disorder? That might lead to Him working against Himself, without compromising His infinite intelligence. The whole Lucifer thing sounds like some kind of Tyler Durden thing. How come you never see Lucifer and the big G together, eh?

Hey, Multiple Personality Disorder Designer Theory: it’s got more words in it than Multiple Designer Theory, so it’s got to be true! I demand equal time on Panda’s Thumb! I can’t be bothered to write it all up in a several thousand-word paper just now, but it should be intuitively obvious to anyone not blinkered by the dogma of MDT. Blog the controversy!

Comment #59748

Posted by MaxOblivion on November 24, 2005 7:03 AM (e)

On a somewhat unrelated note, the Flying Spaggetti Monster appears in living bacteria.

Scientists at UC San Francisco have engineered bacteria to create living photographs that weigh in at 100 megapixels per square inch.

The photos were created by projecting light on “biological film” – billions of genetically engineered E. coli growing in dishes of agar, a standard jello-like growth medium for bacteria.”

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scienceblog/66259267/
http://www.brainblog.com/cms/scientists_engineer_bacteria_to_create_living_photographs2480

Comment #59749

Posted by Dean Morrison on November 24, 2005 7:18 AM (e)

How about my “Grand Unification Theory of evolution and design”? -which goes like this:
- When organisms die their blueprints of these beta-versions (souls) are ported off to another dimension where they are stripped down by teams of parsimonious designers. The most promising kinds are then chosen (supernatural selection) and then re-assembled using old parts to create new and updated models for further testing.
Thus explaining: re-incarnation, observed design, micro- and macro-evolution, convergent evolution, re-combination, selection, similarities in DNA and organelles, deja-vu, and more besides. This theory should appeal to: deists; theists; environmentalists (recycling as a devine principle); polytheists; ‘Darwinists’ and Dembski-ites alike.
There is a test for this - if Behe can find an improbably complex organelle such as a flagelleum; then all he has to do is find another one like it: Hey presto!: the design has obviously been copied!
This should appeal to consensus politicians most of all - since everyone gets a bit of pie then there is no need to teach any ‘controversy’ - whats not to like?

Comment #59756

Posted by Dark Matter on November 24, 2005 8:44 AM (e)

Brian Spitzer wrote:

1)It is something of a mantra among the ID movement that we can tell when a structure or system of parts fulfills “a purpose”, and that this is a reliable sign of design. They’ve made something of a PR success.

Our failure has been to let them get away with not discussing the “purpose” which is evident in organisms. If this topic is pushed at all, it turns out that the “purpose” of all living systems and structures is— to encourage the transmission of the genes that code for that system or structure. Of course, it just happens that natural selection only favors systems with this “purpose”.

Yes, an effective technique, sell sell sell the stuff that
makes design look good like the complement fixation pathway,
hype the bacterial flagellum and ignore stuff like choleratoxin, poliovirus and the apical complex.The apicomplexa are only a source of misery for humans and anyone else who “designed” something else like them would be arrested for bioterrorism and put into a prison suitable for containing dangerous lunatics.

Anyone that would know enough about bacteriology to discuss flagella would presumably know about the abundance of bacterial virulence factors as well and is therefore “purposefully” supressing their knowledge of host-parasite interactions for cultural and political influence over society. We need to end the “balanced discussion” stuff for them and ATTACK them as the con artist snake-oil salesmen they are, the same as you would attack
someone who tried to sell your grandma a scientology e-meter.

Comment #59762

Posted by Ron Okimoto on November 24, 2005 8:59 AM (e)

Anyone that believes in the devil, as most fundamentalists of the ID bent do, would normally have a ready answer for why “good Christians” like Bonsell and Buckingham perjured themselves in court. What is that answer? Isn’t it the devil’s work? What should that tell them about the ID scam? ID, the intelligent deceiver, they don’t even have to change a lot of their scam literature. The guy writing the Nature letter is probably on to something that might finally hit the religiously motivated where they can’t willfully ignore it without doing the devil’s work.

Comment #59764

Posted by Dark Matter on November 24, 2005 9:02 AM (e)

PS- But dosen’t this look cool anyway despite where it came from?

Drawing of apical complex:
http://www.zoology.ubc.ca/courses/bio332/Images/apiComplex.jpg

“Look at the complexity of that thing! It had to be DESIGNED!”

Comment #59779

Posted by steve s on November 24, 2005 9:40 AM (e)

“We design machines to do a particular job. We do not then turn around and design other machines to specifically interfere with the first machines.”

The Army, the NSA, and some virus writers would probably disagree with you on this one.

Comment #59780

Posted by ah_mini on November 24, 2005 9:40 AM (e)

Ron, that’s one way of looking at it. I’ve seen the “devil” excuse used by a few when bad things happen (especially spats between members of church congregations).

However, there is a more realistic reason why Bonsell and Buckingham saw fit to lie through their teeth. Creationists such as these believe they are fighting a war against the evil atheistic scientists. Those scientists are agents of Satan, spreading their intellectual filth to innocent children and deceiving them out of the Christian faith and into homosexuality and drug abuse. To them, the only outcome of accepting evolution is rotting in hell for all eternity.

So, they simply believe that lying on the stand is the lesser of two evils. Kind of like lying to a Nazi in WW2 to protect the Jews hiding in your basement. God wouldn’t frown on a liar if he was lying for Jesus?

Would He?

Andrew

Comment #59787

Posted by k.e. on November 24, 2005 10:09 AM (e)

Dark Matter
I think you might be on to something there
Could that be…..
I might be making a jumps here …..but
….Actual ….direct photographic (well OK its not … but could be photographic
…if you got the real photos)

Of the FSM creating itself in its own likeness right here on the 3rd rock…well of course ..not actually creating ..its not a photo of the factory
..but obviously it must have been created by anyone who has an IQ under 90 or is it over I’m never sure which is smarter….except it is only a visual representation drawn by a zoologist who was a scientist and they really know stuff
…or it could have been an artist…. boy, do those guys have imaginations
….plus they always seem to have girls hanging around them.
Maybe that’s why its only in 2 dimensions and is made up of what seems like dots of ink on ….is that paper or velum?
Hey? or is it just pixels on a glass tube. Dang that translation via the internef thing ….is just such a precise and infallible translation. I’m picturing the electrons and the Nyquist or is that Nudist limit as well as the infinite wave thingy.. with zero information transfer….but how did the actual information get here if there was zero transfer. Oh and to prove my point Galileo, Big Bang, Easter Island, Einstein and other relly reealy brill. guys ..except those Easter Is. guys they really **cked up.

There must be a book in this somewhere.

You do realize people from all over the world are going to want to touch that
photo don’t you?
And ask for a sign.
(ok …I Know its not a photo but I still believe its a photo so don’t argue or I’ll get upset and call people I know, who know other people and throw things) The cult thickens.

The mind boggles at the pure simplicity of MY theory and I’m the ONLY person who can explain it AND I get to set the rules nah nah nah.

Comment #59790

Posted by Joe Meert on November 24, 2005 10:35 AM (e)

Does this all have a familiar ring? When it was creationism, we advocated teaching all creation stories if we are to teach one. Now that it’s called id, we are advocating teaching all different ID stories. Yet, ID has nothing to do with creationism.

Cheers

Joe Meert

Comment #59794

Posted by k.e. on November 24, 2005 10:50 AM (e)

Simple just take out FSM and put in ID (FSM is NOT a CREATION story OK)
How dare you acuse me of callin FSM a creation story I’ll stamp my feet.

Comment #59797

Posted by JS on November 24, 2005 11:09 AM (e)

“ID has nothing to do with creationism.” And there aren’t any infidels in Baghdad, either… Man, we got to be able to make a Discovery Institute Information minister parody. Oh, wait, they’ve already got Lyin’ Luskin… Dang, you can’t even use sarcasm against creationists. Probably because most parody ID positions have already been taken by genuine IDiots.

- JS

Comment #59798

Posted by k.e. on November 24, 2005 11:19 AM (e)

How did the designer found life?

found
To come upon, often by accident; meet with.
To come upon or discover by searching or making an effort: found the leak in the pipe.
To discover or ascertain through observation, experience, or study: found a solution; find the product of two numbers; found that it didn’t really matter.

To perceive to be, after experience or consideration: found the gadget surprisingly useful; found the book entertaining.
To experience or feel: found comfort in her smile.
To recover (something lost): found her keys.
To recover the use of; regain: found my voice and replied.
To succeed in reaching; arrive at: The dart found its mark.
To obtain or acquire by effort: found the money by economizing.
To decide on and make a declaration about: The jury deliberated and found a verdict of guilty. All the jurors found him guilty.
To furnish; supply.

To bring (oneself) to an awareness of what one truly wishes to be and do in life.
To perceive (oneself) to be in a specific place or condition: found herself at home that night; found himself drawn to the stranger.

Create
To cause to exist; bring into being. .
To give rise to; produce: That remark created a stir.
To invest with an office or title; appoint.
To produce through artistic or imaginative effort: create a poem; create a role.

Comment #59807

Posted by Pierce R. Butler on November 24, 2005 12:45 PM (e)

“Evolution” itself can also be deceptive: http://www.brastraps.com/evolution.htm …

Comment #59810

Posted by k.e. on November 24, 2005 12:52 PM (e)

hahahha
Reminds me of Robin Williams telling the “woman sees the doctor and asks him to numb her breasts” joke. (num, num, num, num)

Comment #59812

Posted by Althea on November 24, 2005 12:53 PM (e)

I think you are all missing the most obvious answer, it’s not a Flying Spaghetti Monster (which is soooo last week!). It’s the Intelligent Fashion Designer (IFD). I mean, consider the stilhetto heel and merry widow corset, neither of which could have emerged from natural forces. And you know, there’s just too much that is purty for it to be random chance, i.e., the rainbows and kittens.

*Z snap*

Comment #59816

Posted by 'Rev Dr' Lenny Flank on November 24, 2005 1:16 PM (e)

I mean, consider the stilhetto heel and merry widow corset, neither of which could have emerged from natural forces.

Well, just to demonstrate that there is indeed NO parody of creationist/IDers that is so silly or so stupid that *someone* won’t bring it up in all seriousness, I cite the case of one Michael Tong, who has over the years made the rounds of almost all the evo-cre email lists. His schtick, given and defended in all apparent seriousness, is that white women are more beautiful than anyone else, and that white women are particularly beautiful when they wear red high heel shoes (with four-inch heels – Tong loves to cite all sorts of “studies” to estbalish this). And — drum roll please — since “evolution can’t explain why this is”, we must have been designed for it.

Serious. No joke.

He even claimed that Behe supported this idea. In fact, he claimed it so many times that I emailed Behe some of Tong’s, uh, ideas and asked him what he thought — Behe responded that he “didn’t have time for such nonsense” and begged me not to judge IDers by the actions of “unstable people”.

Didn’t bother Tong at all — he just went right on claiming that Behe supported his ideas.

Comment #59829

Posted by Jim Harrison on November 24, 2005 1:42 PM (e)

The designer was obviously Microsoft, hence the profusion of bugs.

Comment #59835

Posted by Frank J on November 24, 2005 1:50 PM (e)

'Rev Dr' Lenny Flank wrote:

Behe responded that he “didn’t have time for such nonsense” and begged me not to judge IDers by the actions of “unstable people”.

Sorry, but I judge IDers precisely because they just ignore “unstable people”. If IDers ever want to be taken seriously, they are going to have to take a stand. Is Tong’s (and Gish’s and Ross’s) science right or not? And if not, why not devote “equal time” to critiquing it? I too would like to just ignore “unstable people” like DI fellows, but America’s science education is at stake.

Comment #59841

Posted by k.e. on November 24, 2005 1:58 PM (e)

In the year of our Microsoft 678AR (After Resurection) ……Society is shaped by a single all-embracing political ideology. The motto of the world state is “Community, Identity, Stability.” Huxley… “Brave New Word”.

Comment #59847

Posted by Andy A on November 24, 2005 2:36 PM (e)

What about IM (intelligent meddling) ? This may be where the IDers will go next so let’s get it out in the open. Basic idea is that The Designer let everything go according to evolutionary processes but then stepped in at the very end (3Myr ago say) and fudged the human/ape ancestor genetically to produce humanity. This has all sorts of advantages - it has a veneer of acceptability because the rest of evolution is accepted, it reduces the time problem (3Myr could be rhetorically made consistent with 6000yr a lot more easily than the length of the fossil record can) and finally and most importantly it’s a great source of soundbites - e.g. “N million years of evolution got the apes no further than the treetops. One touch from God and man reached the moon”… etc.

Comment #59852

Posted by k.e. on November 24, 2005 2:55 PM (e)

I Think I can fit your theory in with my theory (off camera here…. shhh.. OK I’ll make up some super SECRET woRDs Shhh… I’ll make up some super super secret words that I’ll tell nobody wink wink and you tell your nobody wink tickle OK ….wink wink now don’t mention the true Truth… OK check …go it)
….now where’s that PR whiz “The Theory oF Really silly Winks” folks .

Comment #59854

Posted by RBH on November 24, 2005 3:00 PM (e)

I should say that the inspiration for Multiple Designers Theory was Nic Tamzek’s Invisible Tinkering Warrior Armies, first mooted on IIDB somewhere or other (I never can find that damned thread). ITWA is clearly a source for several potential alternative theories.

RBH

Comment #59874

Posted by RupertG on November 24, 2005 4:39 PM (e)

I don’t know the Invisible Tinkering Warrior Army theory, but it sounds a lot like gnostic theology. The last remaining gnostics are the Mandeans, a tiny sect who hold John the Baptist to be very holy. (They’re tiny because of a few strategic errors - they believe Moses, Jesus and Mohammed to be false prophets of evil mien, which has not gone down well with their neighbours, and as they live in the area of the Iran-Iraq border… well, you get the picture).

The Mandean cosmology has everything made out of two forces, one light, one dark, and the world coming about because of the battles between the two. Man was created by the dark force, but has a light soul which escapes at death and may make it back to the light.

So if there are two creators locked in conflict - or two opposing armies of creators - that could explain a lot. Certainly has a greater explicatory power than the idea of a single designer.

Comment #59876

Posted by Rich Palmer on November 24, 2005 4:46 PM (e)

The first volley of outrage over the notion that an Intelligent Deceiver lies behind the ID movement has arrived.

“Your letter in Nature 11/24/05* displayed profound ignorance of the issues regarding intelligent design, and was composed of nothing more than mockery. For a scientist, accustomed to research before pronouncements, such behavior should be shameful. Why don’t you take some time to learn from your worthiest opponents before knocking down phantoms and straw men. Why don’t you also do your homework on the history and philosophy of science. I dare say your satisfaction would be richer for the effort.” David F. Coppedge

Response: But my dear Mr. Coppedge, I have learned much from my ‘worthiest opponents’ … I have followed their reasoning precisely. Now, about those phantoms and straw men …

* subscription required, or contact me for a copy.

Comment #59918

Posted by John Wilkins on November 24, 2005 6:51 PM (e)

The first volley of outrage over the notion that an Intelligent Deceiver lies behind the ID movement has arrived.

And so have you. It is a mark of the highest respect that you are attacked as having caricatured the uncaricaturable.

Hmmm. Wilde made a comment that could be reused here:

The credulous attacking the credible in pursuit of the incredible?

Comment #59926

Posted by Bob Davis on November 24, 2005 9:03 PM (e)

I’m going with the Big Brains theory of intellligent design today.

Comment #59927

Posted by Dean Morrison on November 24, 2005 9:04 PM (e)

I see now that someone has got there before me in some senses with their Multiple Designers Theory.. which shares some similarities with my:
“Grand Unification Theory of evolution and design”? (see Comment #59749 - this thread)-
without the appeal to recyclers and reincarnationists.
I am prepared to consider jointly submitting a groundbreaking paper (shades of Darwin and Wallace?) to one of the ID journals - the peer reviews ought to be interesting enough to make the effort worthwhile.. How about it guys??

Comment #59934

Posted by k.e. on November 24, 2005 10:13 PM (e)

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Comment #59935

Posted by k.e. on November 24, 2005 10:24 PM (e)

Hi John

ID analysis polemics follow

I’ve just refreshed on some of Wilde’s quotes and except for a very tiny part if any of American TV culture it seems to me all contextual meaning is expurgated Totally. The Fundies see Wilde as a moral relativist, but it is them that are projecting.

Advertising is reduced to clever manipulation of peer pressure, received through a cache attached to Icons that are firmly implanted in the psyche and gazillions are spent to tell you “your are NOT cool if you don’t have them”.

“Don’t believe OUR PRODUCT will make you sexy? , of COURSE it will!!! we spent zillions telling you and everyone else STUPID” -What is the truth?

The consequence of feeding a purely reality removed relativistic and fact free objectivity “mush to the masses” by removing meaning from language, is to cause them to have no grip on truth whatsoever because truth has been pomo-ed right out of the court. Guess what they project that too IS THIS A PATTERN ?

Visually, aurally, orally and literally. I remember an old joke “What do you call a person who only speaks one language? - an American” Well its worse, what do call a person who can’t understand his own language, the natural “subjective sense” of truth and meaning behind the words, in context with time.. not the textual ink on the page, or the polar extreme of bare Fundy literalism, relativism; any meaning except a natural truth

They DO see a meaning transferred in code among the group, but it is limited to a received “The Truth from God TM

For objectivistic literalists (people who perceive the world trough fact only and completely remove context from the text/The Word and see no more truth behind the text/The Word, just accept the text as the God given truth/Truth- shudder)

Yet they project like crazed lunatics - and parrot back quotes from Orwell without actually getting the story behind the text, the story* of why WE arrived in that “1984” the context related to personal action and the aftershock is a historical fact presented on the page with printers ink , The story, the meaning for the words in fact “the truth”, (I mean) the cold hard honest to god (beautiful)truth not the Fundy “Truth from God TM” what ever that may mean because I have yet to see any evidence whatsoever of any single ONE of the ID movement who would actually know what the truth was even if it hit them in the eye
*(you can imagine it and know it is a direct consequence of lying to god(note little g) Note they project that piece of crap too)

The nearest literary/artistic parallel I can think of to their minds is in Kafka, Dante, Goya

I knew hell on earth existed for some, but not that bad surely ?

These next lines are not for IDists.
NOW I see why Joyce went to such lenghts to stuff as much meaning into the text by mangling it visually,aurally,orally. Referenced to so many other works to make his meaning perfectly crystal clear, a bible in reverse so to speak. His gift to the Future of Humanity.
He did say it would keep the professors going for years.

Received Meaning is a trap we can all fall into. And just maybe he didn’t want them to read it anyway, they have no idea what heaven is…Nice analogy for the Fundy “bible” too
NB:Ulysses is an Aurally received tale, a sung story, A bard barfing if you like.
I suggest anyone who would like to hear (inside) the story to get an audiotape, because for me al least it is just a little too tough on the eyeballs.

Comment #59936

Posted by k.e. on November 24, 2005 10:54 PM (e)

What the fundies just don’t seem to get is that society works on selective truth otherwise it would not function science does NOT and they know that and it foils their evil plan.

I know when I lie for a purpose and so do they, but they don’t know what the truth is, they are so detached from it and I don’t give a damn about their personal opinions, their version of “The Truth, TM.

Imagine if a kid did not listen to its parents. We would have die out overnight. The Human child is a freely programmable “god, born an agnostic and an atheist”

Tell ‘em a few horror stories to keep them in line and all goes well.
That child when stepping off the safe shore of childhood on the ferry of life as a proto-adult then needs a reality adjustment “metamorphosis” to function correctly. If this does not happen you get adults believing in Santa Claus and many other plausible stories the ferry goes nowhere, no spiritual journey takes place no realization of plain everyday truth gods truth/God’s Truth which are all one and the same lying is lying no matter if its done for God it is still against God..

Comment #59941

Posted by k.e. on November 24, 2005 11:30 PM (e)

Intelliegnt Design I think meets all the requires of above suggestiond
except one

Dreaming of Daddy TM

FFS grow up!

Comment #59943

Posted by RBH on November 24, 2005 11:32 PM (e)

Rich Palmer provided the missive from David F. Coppedge reacting to Palmer’s Nature letter. I wonder if that’s the David F. Coppedge of Creation Safaris and the Bible-Science Association.

RBH

Comment #59952

Posted by k.e. on November 25, 2005 12:18 AM (e)

lastly

“I Believed in Santa Claus until I was 17, until some
mean person told me it wasn’t true- Paris Hilton”

Is she on a Mythical ferry journey through the under word to find herself and her self awareness ?

Analysis of dreams and self awareness through understanding Myth and symbology and ones own psyche.

AS A RELATIVE EXAMPLE- literalistic/naturalists may have problems with understanding this you are warned.

http://www.enlightentainment.com/ajax.html

Comment #59953

Posted by k.e. on November 25, 2005 12:22 AM (e)

slip:-
through the under word = underworld (inside the mind)
Understanding in the “subjetive sense” required for IDists

Comment #59971

Posted by Ron Okimoto on November 25, 2005 7:41 AM (e)

Syntax Error: mismatched tag 'Quote'

Comment #59985

Posted by Fernmonkey on November 25, 2005 9:48 AM (e)

Stephen Elliott: of course. God is a DM.

Comment #59992

Posted by Red Mann on November 25, 2005 11:57 AM (e)

k.e, I’m nominating you as the Minister of Silly Winks.

Comment #59997

Posted by k.e. on November 25, 2005 12:42 PM (e)

hahahahahhahahaha

wink wink

I just noticed “through the under word “ is a *little* Joycean don’t you think?

now HEAR THE WORD… here is the plan (off camera ….ID V_0.7 year_old_child”The Word,TM” = NOT TRUE, The enlightenment = TRUE …..AND should be is “The Word”)

Comment #59998

Posted by k.e. on November 25, 2005 12:46 PM (e)

re above post

That should keep Gallieo happy and the First Gnostic Female Pope.

Who was the masked man behind the curtain in the “Big tent”

The wizard of OZ ?

Comment #60001

Posted by k.e. on November 25, 2005 1:28 PM (e)

Rupert G

The Mandean “mind” Model or as I like to call them sanity/insanity maintainers is very similar to ONE of the MANY Hindu creation Myths. The pattern would seem to be a direct result of the environment they were in…. how myth evolves.. to suit the needs of the group. Its all part of the same (Joycean) apple just depends how you slice it.

There is a balance …for in the Adult mind there are competing drives which if not managed can make life difficult.

All religions have their successful model which *always* involves a pact with the devil/god
(one and the same actually the more bipolar the more insane reaction in the followers if their view is challenged)

you give something up to the deity ….but not the deity “in person” his rep. on earth Pat,Pious, Paul, Abdulla, etc in return you get a version of sanity …. do I have to go behind the curtain here ?

Each person makes their own Journey of course but there were formal structures for maintaining the group “super ego” that were formulated for a long (group) life. They ere told to kids so they could recognise the signs as they grew up and get each little aha moment, a little bit like some popular culure I suppose any examples would be nice I just talking about *how* it works.

See the end sentence below of the earlier link of the Greek model WHICH we probably would STILL have but for Justinian and his pale riders.

The tragedy can be understood as a call to an ethic of moderation. Yes the hero is usually committing a horrendous act, and will probably fall prey to the tragic cycle. This is a negative presentation of the true way to live. By uncovering the nature of the Greek mind, then the discovery of the role and effect of the alienation coupled with the tragic cycle, we came to the conclusion that the Greeks believed the basic nature of the universe to be chaotic, and avoiding the tragic cycle, via moderation, one could “last a long time”. By taking these concepts and understandings, and comparing them to an Eastern system, we see strong structural parallels that reinforce and deepen our understanding of the Greek ideal of moderation, and the consequences that lie if one slips off the razor’s edge. K.E e.g. Facism

Comment #60009

Posted by Julie on November 25, 2005 1:45 PM (e)

On the subject of Lysenko, “vernalization”, and famine: Lysenko was promoting crank science that appealed to a government that (a.) valued ideology over reality and (b.) was willing to suppress dissent by any means necessary. Either situation alone is bad enough; the combination was devastating. The USSR not only suffered famine, but made some of its top geneticists the victims of political purges; the prominent agricultural geneticist N.I. Vavilov died in prison – this in 1943, in the middle of WWII, when undoubtedly the country needed all the help with its food supply that it could get. In the meantime, Lysenko got the publicity and power he undoubtedly wanted, but Soviet genetics research didn’t recover from the Lysenko affair for several decades.

Failure to teach and support science has real consequences.

Comment #60016

Posted by Registered User on November 25, 2005 2:17 PM (e)

David F. Coppedge

“Your letter in Nature 11/24/05* displayed profound ignorance of the issues regarding intelligent design

Wow, that is truly sad. What makes Coppedge’s letter even more pathetic is that he doesn’t even attempt to explain what those “issues regarding intelligent design” are that Palmer doesn’t understand. I understand why Coppedge might avoid getting into those “issues” but it’s a shame that he doesn’t even pretend to try! Perhaps he lost his copy of the latest Discovery Institute talking points.

From Coppedge’s web site.

http://www.creationsafaris.com/wgcs_0.htm

If you are a Christian, here are some benefits you can expect from reading and studying this material:

Confidence that what you believe is true to reality.
Witness: great evidences to defend your faith.
Understanding of how our civilization came to be.
Appreciation for what we have in the Third Millennium A.D.
Inspiration from the lives of great Christians.
Joy and Wonder at the marvels of God’s creation.

I love that. “Great evidences” to defend your faith. Huh??????

Comment #60028

Posted by k.e. on November 25, 2005 3:05 PM (e)

yeh

Coppedge
I know you love Jesus BUT who do you love Jesus Against?

Attacking truth is the same as attacking god.

Comment #60029

Posted by Arden Chatfield on November 25, 2005 3:15 PM (e)

I could say something snide (many snide things, really) about the little archetypal Scientist with his white lab coat, test tube, and beaker in the upper right hand corner of Coppedge’s website…

But that would just be mean

(But that shouldn’t stop anyone else here who might wish to snark about it… :-))

Comment #60087

Posted by Neal on November 25, 2005 7:50 PM (e)

OK. Someone give me an example of the empirical evidence of the evolution of a new species by natural selection.

Comment #60090

Posted by Registered User on November 25, 2005 8:03 PM (e)

Someone give me an example of the empirical evidence of the evolution of a new species by natural selection.

The genome of every living organism on the planet earth.

Comment #60102

Posted by 'Rev Dr' Lenny Flank on November 25, 2005 9:50 PM (e)

OK. Someone give me an example of the empirical evidence of the evolution of a new species by natural selection.

(sigh)

You know, I’m not at all surprised when creationists prove themselves to be crushingly uneducated and ignorant about basic biology and evolution. But I *am* mildly surprised (and a little annoyed) when they turn out to be too stupid and uninformed to even get the basic CREATIONIST arguments straight.

This is from the website of Answers in Genesis, one of the largest creationist organizations in the world:

“Poorly-informed anti-creationist scoffers occasionally think they will ‘floor’ creation apologists with examples of ‘new species forming’ in nature. They are often surprised at the reaction they get from the better-informed creationists, namely that the creation model depends heavily on speciation.”

Let me repeat that, in case you’re not bright enough to get it. Answers in Genesis says that not only does creationism itself “depend heavily on speciation”, but they also say that those who argue that there are NO “new species forming in nature” are “poorly informed”.

Guess that means YOU, huh. By arguing to me that new species cannot evolve, you are not only demonstrating that you are completely ignorant of basic biology, but you’re also demonstrating that you’re too stupid and uninformed to even understand the most elementary CREATIONIST arguments.

Anyway, you want some examples of observed speciation events? Sure. Here’s a reading list. Get cracking.

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Breeuwer, J. A. J. and J. H. Werren. 1990. Microorganisms associated with chromosome destruction and reproductive isolation between two insect species. Nature. 346:558-560.

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Callaghan, C. A. 1987. Instances of observed speciation. The American Biology Teacher. 49:3436.

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Comment #60110

Posted by k.e. on November 25, 2005 10:59 PM (e)

Just think how much more LESS wonderfull the world would be if the truly stupid took it over.

Comment #60117

Posted by Michael Balter on November 26, 2005 1:08 AM (e)

Just think how much more LESS wonderfull the world would be if the truly stupid took it over.

As I have argued elsewhere, simply branding ID’ers stupid is a losing strategy for winning this fight, and serves only to make evolutionists feel superior and good about themselves. For an alternate approach to dealing with ID, see this news item in Science about Steve Verhey’s paper in the November 2005 issue of BioScience. Although the commentators quoted here say that this approach could not be adapted to the high school situation, I think it could with some imagination and skill:

http://www.michaelbalter.com/HominidHighlights/11_26_2005|Teaching_the_intelligent_design_controversy.php

Comment #60120

Posted by Michael Balter on November 26, 2005 2:30 AM (e)

I see that this link is too long for the page, if so please go to:

http://www.michaelbalter.com

Then to News, then Hominid Highlights, and the item will appear.

Comment #60121

Posted by k.e. on November 26, 2005 2:40 AM (e)

Just keep religion out of the science classromm

Comment #60131

Posted by Dean Morrison on November 26, 2005 5:41 AM (e)

…another possibility - God created the Intelligent Designer - who then went on to create life on earth
Who says that someone with God’s powers couldn’t do that?
I’d like to ask the guys at the Discovery Institute - did God create the Intelligent Designer? to see what answer they give…..
- or is the Intelligent Designer really just God himself in a lab coat?

Comment #60137

Posted by 'Rev Dr' Lenny Flank on November 26, 2005 7:44 AM (e)

For an alternate approach to dealing with ID, see this news item in Science about Steve Verhey’s paper in the November 2005 issue of BioScience. Although the commentators quoted here say that this approach could not be adapted to the high school situation, I think it could with some imagination and skill:

Then go out there and show us how it’s done.

Comment #60145

Posted by Ron Okimoto on November 26, 2005 8:49 AM (e)

Ah_mini wrote:

Ron, that’s one way of looking at it. I’ve seen the “devil” excuse used by a few when bad things happen (especially spats between members of church congregations).

However, there is a more realistic reason why Bonsell and Buckingham saw fit to lie through their teeth. Creationists such as these believe they are fighting a war against the evil atheistic scientists. Those scientists are agents of Satan, spreading their intellectual filth to innocent children and deceiving them out of the Christian faith and into homosexuality and drug abuse. To them, the only outcome of accepting evolution is rotting in hell for all eternity.

So, they simply believe that lying on the stand is the lesser of two evils. Kind of like lying to a Nazi in WW2 to protect the Jews hiding in your basement. God wouldn’t frown on a liar if he was lying for Jesus?

Would He?

There could be creationists incompetent enough to rationalize what they are doing in this way. Kansas, Ohio, and Dover demonstrate that, but could they all be that badly off. They aren’t saving anyone from the Nazis, the inquisition, reformation, or even the Romans. They are lying about their religion and the nature of God. What kind of moral example does that set for their kids? A lot of them even know that they are lying about it. If they had half a brain or any moral sense they would be wondering why they have to lie about the things that they lie about.

What gets to me is that they give up on the honest track, and believe that the desception is the way to go when their religious beliefs are against the wall. That should tell them volumes about why their beliefs shouldn’t be taught in the public schools. That is pretty sad. If they really had faith, they would be working to change the laws in an honest and straightforward manner. There are set means of doing that in an honest and upfront manner, but they have decided not to go the honest route. The constitution can be changed. They shouldn’t need dishonest scams like ID or teach the controversy to change it.

Civil disobedience is a means to challenge the law, but why sneak around the back way if you want to challenge a law. It defeats the purpose of what you are trying to do if you lie about why you are breaking the law. It is the lie that gets challenged and not what you want to challenge. If they believe that their religion should be in the public schools they should be advocating exactly what they want, not lying about it so that they can sneak it in the backdoor using some dishonest or incompetent teacher.

Look at Dover. It is the dishonest ID scam that is getting challenged in court, not what they really want to teach. So they look like the liars that they are, and for what purpose? A stupid dishonest scam makes their cause look bogus.

Why would God need someone to lie for him?

Ron Okimoto

Comment #60159

Posted by Ric on November 26, 2005 11:33 AM (e)

Pandas Thumbers didn’t propose the “Multiple Designers Theory.” David Hume did that long ago in his refutations of the Argument from Design. Sorry, I had to set the record straight.

Comment #60166

Posted by N.Wells on November 26, 2005 12:30 PM (e)

In Russia, Lysenko was responsible for the deaths of some scientific / political adversaries, but Lysenkoism was not a cause of the huge deaths from famine so much as it was offered as a politically correct ‘scientific’ solution to the famines. The famines had largely already been caused by bad agricultural policies.

However, after setting Soviet genetics and agriculture back by about a generation, Lysenkoism then went on to become responsible for huge famines and related deaths in China.

For a discussion of all of this, see http://www.arn.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php/ubb/get_topic/f/13/t/002469.html#000000

Comment #60167

Posted by RBH on November 26, 2005 12:42 PM (e)

Ric wrote

Pandas Thumbers didn’t propose the “Multiple Designers Theory.” David Hume did that long ago in his refutations of the Argument from Design. Sorry, I had to set the record straight.

True, but Hume didn’t develop his speculation as I did here, or provide a novel research technology to begin to test the conjecture, as I did here. I still say MDT is the most detailed ID proposal on the table, with the most substantive research program directed at testing its central tenet. The results reported in the latter essay constitute more actual data directed at testing an actual ID hypothesis (as distinguished from an “evolution can’t do this or that” claim) than has been reported by all the contemporary IDists (Dembski, Behe, Meyer, et alia) put together.

RBH

Comment #60294

Posted by pt on November 27, 2005 9:27 AM (e)

Mr. Wells, not once you repeat the following claim:

“Note that this is conciliatory, but he quietly arranged to have geneticists thrown in prison and in some cases killed”

Please, list these geneticists or issue a correction.

Comment #60297

Posted by k.e. on November 27, 2005 9:47 AM (e)

pt
Let me quess “Objectivism” posing as “Objectivist History” to discredit the messenger

Keep going pt I’ll gut you.

Comment #60313

Posted by mwhealton on November 27, 2005 12:15 PM (e)

Dr Flank:
Thanks for the speciation bibliography above. I will be reading as fast as I can. Hope Neal does too.

Here’s another article:

Wake, David B.”Incipient species formation in salamanders of the Ensatina complex”
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA
Vol. 94, pp. 7761-7767, July 1997
Colloquium Paper
http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/full/94/15/7761

Matt

Comment #60341

Posted by 'Rev Dr' Lenny Flank on November 27, 2005 7:07 PM (e)

Dr Flank:
Thanks for the speciation bibliography above.

Don’t thank me – it came from the talk.origins archives. Best source of scientific info on the evolution, uh, “controversy”.

Comment #60342

Posted by John Wilkins on November 27, 2005 7:11 PM (e)

A couple of excellent references on speciation, one with many recent examples, and the other a theoretical discussion of the math, are:

Coyne, J. A. and H. A. Orr (2004). Speciation. Sunderland, Mass., Sinauer Associates.

and

Gavrilets, S. (2004). Fitness landscapes and the origin of species. Princeton, N.J.; Oxford, England, Princeton University Press.

Coyne and Orr defend a modified version of the reproductive isolation conception of species. Gavrilets discusses how the notion of a fitness landscape causes us conceptual trouble, and how a relaistic model leads to the conclusion that speciation is more or less inevitable.

Comment #60419

Posted by Patrick on November 28, 2005 8:51 AM (e)

I love you Lenny Flank.

Comment #60458

Posted by shenda on November 28, 2005 1:18 PM (e)

For the record, Lysenko came after the great Soviet famine(s) which were caused primarily by collectivization. Lysenko did use his influence to have geneticists arrested, imprisoned and sometimes executed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysenkoism

Comment #60472

Posted by Erasmus on November 28, 2005 3:09 PM (e)

I believe Steve Hurlbert came up with the Intelligent Deceiver hypothesis in that 1984 paper in ecology “Pseudoreplication and the design of ecological field experiments” or something like that. demonic intrusion, if i remember correctly.

FSM rocks da tectonic plates

Comment #60475

Posted by Bayesian Bouffant, FCD on November 28, 2005 3:21 PM (e)

Erasmus wrote:

I believe Steve Hurlbert came up with the Intelligent Deceiver hypothesis in that 1984 paper

All due respect to someone named Steve, but the Omphalos hypothesis goes back at least as far as Philip Henry Gosse’s 1857 book, Omphalos: An Attempt to Untie the Geological Knot, which you will note is still available.

Comment #60550

Posted by 'Rev Dr' Lenny Flank on November 28, 2005 7:32 PM (e)

love you Lenny Flank.

(blush) Awww, shucks ….