Years ago, I remember the not-quite-ID blog as a rival to Uncommon Descent, and as a place to go to pick up story threads. Hadn’t been there a while, and … it seems the plug has been pulled on it. Early warning sign?: For a while, only or mostly someone identified as chunkdz was posting.
The last post I noticed, reporting the death of anti-ID figure Mark Perakh, sounds odd at best. For example,
… Mark decided to confront one of the world’s greatest threats to science: The Bible Code. His in-depth, exhaustive investigation into The Bible Code resulted in an exposé of bible numerology that was completely devastating to the Intelligent Design claim that there are lots of secret hidden messages in the bible.
Is this a joke?
Come to think of it, the only time I ever encountered the Bible code in relation to ID was when I met an ID-sympathetic computational physicist at a conference. I had reviewed his book on the subject, which I quite liked.
As it happens,—using information theory—he had demonstrated that there is no Bible code. Chunkdz surely can’t mean him (?).
After ten or more years on this beat, if there was much more to know about ID and a supposed Bible code, I’d probably have heard more than the crickets.
In defaming ID folk, chunkdz’s apparent last post provides a useful demonstration of Godwin’s law:
As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.
Which usually ends the discussion. So was that chosen as a farewell note ? Sad.
Not to worry, Telic Thoughts’ better posts also live on, on the Wayback Machine! – O’Leary for News