Joined: Jan. 2008
How's this for an entry:
Dembski, as all good scientists do when asked about predictions resulting from their hypotheses doesn't provide any but asks for predictions on his blog: ID predictions? I can haz loads but I won't tell. YOU tell me yours.
This led to 220 comments and a follow-up post by Denyse with her own "predictions" (the horror), demonstrating that not one of the UD regulars does have the slightest clue what a scientific prediction is.
Hint: It is not enough to start your comment with "I predict".
Demsbki didn't respond to any one of them.
But one month later, in the comments section of a completely unrelated post, after being bothered about it for the last 4 weeks, he finally blesses us with his answer.
Hint: While it sounds slightly better than "I predict", "ID predicts" doesn't turn your assumptions magically into scientific predictions, either.
His "predictions" (slightly paraphrased):
- Most organs will have a function.
- Most Junk DNA will have a function.
Most likely wrong (depends on what you define as "most" and "function") and based on an assumption about the designer. After all, "Was the Ford Pinto, with all its imperfections revealed in crash tests, not designed?"
- My prediction is that cells look designed, therefore they ARE designed. And that is my prediction.
No, that's still a meaningless analogy.
- Scientists can't explain everything, therefore ID predicts design.
And that's all Dembski can come up with after more than a decade of ID promotion.
In the 200 comments that followed he responded only once:
Buy my book. "That said, I don’t like your tone, so unless you find another way in, you won’t be posting at UD any longer."
Or, much shorter:
14th February 2008
Finally: Dembski publishes ID "predictions" in the comment section of his blog. No one cares.
Or completely different or not at all....
"Random mutations, if they are truly random, will affect, and potentially damage, any aspect of the organism, [...]
Thus, a realistic [computer] simulation [of evolution] would allow the program, OS, and hardware to be affected in a random fashion." GilDodgen, Frilly shirt owner