You can often tell who won a debate by the plausibility of an account. In that regard, Donald Prothero made many dubious claims about his debate yesterday with Michael Shermer against Steve Meyer and Richard Sternberg. Let’s hone in on a couple short comments. Prothero writes:
“I know I caught [Meyer] off-guard, since I have degrees in both biology and geology, and know most of their arguments better than they do.”
Prothero later felt it was appropriate to boast about his following question:
“I asked Meyer if he needed the ‘Designer’ to make every glop of mud.”
Of course anyone with a cursory knowledge of ID would be aware that ID fully allows for the action of natural processes, and design is only invoked when we find tell-tale signs of intelligent action, such as high levels of complex and specified information. Needless to say, the weathering of rocks and minerals into mud is not an example of design.
If Prothero does know ID arguments better than we do, he’s doing a magnificent job of hiding that fact.