Commentary on the so-called Creation/Evolution/Intelligent Design Debate and Right-Wing nuttery in general - and please ignore the typos (I make lots!)

Monday, July 10, 2006

Creationist engineer using 'analogy' as 'evidence' yet again

What is it with these people?


Quote;All in all, there is no direct comparison between computers and DNA, or anything else in biology. There are some useful analogies and metaphors, but they are tropes, not biological reality.

It is understandable that DD's ["Darwin Defenders" - a cute little denigratory moniker that ARN forum denizens have given people that actually understand science in an attempt to belittle them without getting into trouble ] would try to ignore the analogy between computers and living systems since analysis based on this analogy clearly demonstrates that their belief system is logically unworkable...



Clearly, the person quoted in lavender above does not understand what analogies are used for...

3 comments:

Chris Hyland said...

Whenever I read stuff like that I always feel I must be missing a vital piece of logic, kind of:

Resemblence to manmade system -> X -> therefore designed

So far no creationist has ever explained to me what X is. It's very similar to:

Humans use ideas from nature in engineering -> X -> nature must have been designed.

Doppelganger said...

Hi Chris,

Yes, their "logic" escapes me as well. It is bad enough to try to use analogies as evidence as they so often do, but it strikes me as nonsensical to actually try to equate human contrivances with biological processes (or any other natural phenonena).

It just escapes me.

FreezBee said...

Oh, well


"It is understandable that DD's would try to ignore the analogy between computers and living systems since analysis based on this analogy clearly demonstrates that their belief system is logically unworkable... "


Yeah, computers are good at surviving and self-reproducing, aren't they?

Computers need to be designed and built, living organisms don't.