First, another blast from the past – Berra’s blunder:
If you compare a 1953 and a 1954 Corvette, side by side, then a 1954 and a 1955 model, and so on, the descent with modification is overwhelmingly obvious. This is what paleontologists do with fossils, and the evidence is so solid and comprehensive that it cannot be denied by reasonable people.
– T. Berra, Evolution and the myth of creationism,1990, pg 117-119
Absolutely, Dr. Berra, and it cannot be denied by reasonable people that the 1954 Corvette was the son of the 1953 Corvette and inherited his genes. And many generations of Corvettes followed, father to son, father to son, each inheriting the best of the naturally selected genes …
Automotive engineers are liars.
A friend offers this priceless 2007 remark from Joe Felsenstein on why genetic information requires no intelligence:
In this article, I want to concentrate on the main arguments that Dembski has used. With a few exceptions, many of the points I will make have already been raised in these critiques of Dembski — this is primarily an attempt to make them more accessible. Stephen Meyer, who heads the Discovery Institute’s program on ID, describes Dembski’s work in this way: We know that information — whether, say, in hieroglyphics or radio signals — always arises from an intelligent source. …. So the discovery of digital information in DNA provides strong grounds for inferring that intelligence played a causal role in its origin. (Meyer 2006) What is this mysterious “digital information”? Has a message from a Designer been discovered? When DNA sequences are read, can they be converted into English sentences such as: “Copyright 4004 bce by the intelligent designer; all rights reserved”?
Or can they be converted into numbers, with one stretch of DNA turning out to contain the first 10 000 digits of p? Of course not. If anything like this had happened, it would have been big news indeed. You would have heard by now. No, the mysterious digital information turns out to be nothing more than the usual genetic information that codes for the features of life, information that makes the organism well-adapted. The “digital information” is just the presence of sequences that code for RNA and proteins — sequences that lead to high fitness.
Just like those 1950s Corvettes, it all just sort of happened. And the Darwinism that explains it is mostly paid for under protest by people who don’t believe it. Only natural selection could have brought about all these sweet rackets.