One of the few places outside the Discovery Institute that promotes Intelligent Design creationism is the Centre for Intelligent Design, led by Alastair Noble, a Scottish creationist. (Sorry to embarrass you, Scot readers and commenters, but you should be a little bashful about the nest of ninnies in your midst). There’s been some recent wrangling between sensible people and Noble and his oh-so-helpful assistant, Casey Luskin…wrangling that has been made public by the Centre for Unintelligent Design.
It’s good stuff. You know your argument is in trouble, though, when you have to bring in an incompetent dweeb like Casey Luskin to squeak out the usual ID boilerplate.
We detect design by finding features in nature which contain the type of information which in our experience comes from intelligence. This is generally called complex and specified information (CSI). In our experience, CSI only comes from a goal-directed process like intelligent design. Thus, when we detect high levels of complex and specified information in nature, we can infer that intelligent design.
“Generally called”…by whom? Not scientists, that’s for sure. CSI is an invented term with no quantitative definition, no means of measurement (it doesn’t even have units!), and no mechanism of detection, but these bozos trot it out time after time in order to make these sciencey assertions.
It’s like ontogenetic depth. They’re happy to invent the term, they’re happy to claim they’re demonstrating the falsehood of evolution with real science, but when you try to pin them down and get the methods that would allow you to replicate their claims, they squirm and wiggle and declare that it’s “A Biological Distance That’s Currently Impossible to Measure”.
That’s all they’ve got. Stuff backed up by claims of quantitative values that, when pressed, they admit that they can’t measure.