You might think teaching about evolution in public schools is already about as misleading as it can be. Then, you find, it gets worse.
Many critics have insisted that evolution can produce irreducibly complex structures, pointing notably to the example of Avida, a computer model demonstrated in a 2003 Nature paper.
In 2003, evolutionary biologist Richard Lenski, philosopher Robert Pennock and others co-published a Nature paper titled “The evolutionary origin of complex features” reporting results of a computer simulation of evolution dubbed “Avida.” Though publicly arguing that Avida refuted intelligent design by showing the evolution of irreducible complexity, their paper refused cite the work of Michael Behe or any other ID proponent. Now, Winston Ewert, William Dembski, and Robert Marks expose in a paper in Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics why Lenski and Pennock’s “Avida” simulation fails to accurately model Darwinian evolution. Darwinian evolution has no prior knowledge about the search target, but Avida’s programmers have intelligently designed Avida by smuggling in “active information” Read More ›
It should be obvious: if you are controlling the mutations and selecting the outcomes, you are not doing Darwinism.
The new Christmas horror-comedy Silent Night offers a shrewd indictment of both mindless secularism and authoritarian science.