One of the things I really enjoy about UD is that it is a catalyst for new insights.
I have blogged at UD on numerous occasions about computer programs and computer programming and their relationship to ID and Darwinian theory (for example, here and here). Doug’s post, Hidden Codes Within Codes, inspired some new insights.
Michael Denton has referred to biology as “wheels of complexity within wheels of complexity.” It seems clear at this point that we have only scratched the surface of life’s vastly sophisticated program.
Modern computers and computer programs mostly process information linearly, although parallel computing is possible with multiple CPUs and a lot of effort on the part of software engineers. It now appears that biological computing goes way beyond high-speed chemical information processing and massive computational parallelism. It seems increasingly obvious that bio-computing is not only massively parallel, but holographic; pieces in the process contain information in other pieces. This level of computational sophistication transcends anything that human engineers have even yet imagined.
Doug also comments on the unavoidable use of the “D” word. Isn’t it interesting that the language of design seems to be inescapable in discussions about biological processes and complexity? This is reminiscent of the unavoidable use of moral language when it comes to moral relativism. (One shouldn’t judge.)
Could it be that the unavoidable use of design and moral language is evidence of the fact that objective design and objective morality are real features of the real world, which we cannot escape, despite our best efforts?