Friday, July 2, 2010

"Darwinism Falls 2013!"... at least now we know that the world doesn't end in 2012

I use clustermaps to track visits to my blog and website. I like the service quite alot, but often when I check my map, I get an ad that reads "2013: Darwinism Falls" or "2013: The Berlin Wall of Darwinism Falls" or even "Darwin was wrong but Evolution is real".
Now these are silly messages showing a profound ignorance, but they are clever. The ad links to a site by Perry Marshall who offers to send you a series of 5 emails over a five day period that will convince you that God exists and that science has "proved" it.
It is funny how so many believe that science can not "prove" anything other than the existence of god. Apparently, whenever science "proves" something that is in opposition to the belief in god, that evidence is never accepted because "God/Religion is beyond science" or some such dodge.
A little further into the site, one finds that it is simply a so-called "Intelligent Design" site. Information theory proves that DNA is a code created by an Intelligence, we are told. Here goes:

1) "DNA is not merely a molecule with a pattern; it is a code, a language, and an information storage mechanism.
2) All codes are created by a conscious mind; there is no natural process known to science that creates coded information.
3) Therefore DNA was designed by a mind.
If you can provide an empirical example of a code or language that occurs naturally, you've toppled my proof. All you need is one."

How quickly DNA changes! It is simultaneously a pattern, a code, a language and a storage system, as though those things are the same thing! There is really no reason to go on with the kind of nonsense found on cosmicfingerprints. It is just a mix of old stuff from Chambers' Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation (perhaps a touch of atavistic criminal anthropology prompted god to have a fingerprint).

That last statement is probably sillier than the illogical argument contained in the first three. Perhaps he should consider the language he is using if he wants to find a language that is natural. Or maybe define what is a language. Yada, Yada, Yada.

One person left a message on the museum of hoaxes site that makes an additional connection:
I came across this site through a google ad on digg (I think…), and so far haven’t found anything he might be selling, though I haven’t signed up for his mail list.

I hope no one takes him too seriously. His other works seem to be all about “The secret that doubled a successful company in 4 months”, and how to “Use Google AdWords and the Power of Guerilla-Marketing to Attract New Customers 24/7/365!” ( Note that his commercial site and his Cosmic fingerprints one don’t seem to be linked in anyway.

There’s so much more I could say about this great self-made man of science and his wonderful website, but I have to go port some old JPG programs into the more universal USB code.

Another writer mentioned what is going on with the cosmic fingerprint:
“There is a phenomenon known as pareidolia, “The tendency to interpret a vague stimulus as something known to the viewer.” Pareidolia is when we see faces in clouds, or “evil” in the tragic path of a tornado.

I have to agree. I must get the ads because Darwin is a label for some of these posts. Of course, there was a Star Trek: Next Generation episode that purported to show that the DNA of the Humans, Klingons, Romulans, and Vulcans were all encoded by an ancient civilization with a message that they were all created from DNA that was deliberately seeded throughout the universe. They did this because they were lonely having found no other species during their travels. Of course, their civilization is long gone and the only trace of it is the code in the DNA of the various intelligent species.
At least the lonely pseudo-gods in that story died.
Anyway, I sing the body electric. I hear my DNA talking [but I just don't know what it is saying] ...with apologies to Walt Whitman.