Today’s PhysOrg.com site contains this article. To my view, their investigation has important implications for ID. Many critics of ID ask us: “Well, how does your Designer design?” This is their way of saying to us that a Designer who lies outside the physical realm cannot possibly act within it. Of course, this amounts to a theological claim, and not a scientific one; nevertheless, it’s made.
What’s new here, though, is that, whereas formerly it was thought that energy was needed to “erase” information (which leaves its own physical residue–that is, it’s measurable), now this is no longer the case. However, if it is true that energy is not needed to “erase” information, contrariwise, wouldn’t it also be true that energy is not needed to impart information? (Keep in mind that this is only true in the limited realm of the angular momentum of particles, and, so, is not true in the macroscopic world involving heat and entropy.) It would seem to me, then, that if no energy is needed to impart a changed angular momentum, then the quantum states of atoms and molecules can be effected in an ‘energy-free’ way; that is, invisibly. This would now seem to open up the possibility of a Designer who exists outside of our physical realm acting in our world in a way that goes undetected.
I wonder how our critics will respond to this new possibility.