Stephen Meyer discusses theories, like Kenyon’s, that seek to account for the information in DNA by reference to chemical forces alone.
This brand of scientific ideology requires a “God of the gaps” — Eugene Koonin’s “present model” — to explain away mysteries like the origin of life.
If biologists had thought more like engineers, stumbling into the myth of “Junk DNA” might have been avoided.
Perhaps the biggest evolutionary development in the course of the experiment involved some bacteria beginning to feed on citric acid.
An “engineering theory of evolution” might be one way of expressing what the ID proponents who participated in the CELS event were seeking.