It is, as Professor Behe acknowledges, a charming tale, but not very relevant as far as the details of the scientific debate go.
The theme of the conference was familiar to us, but I’d like to think that we’ve heard it sung to a new tune in more ways than one.
For the most part, computer scientists have tended to ignore Searle’s argument and the point of view that it represents.
Edgar Rice Burroughs set his Tarzan series (1912) in the African jungle. Because of Tarzan’s wild upbringing, he avoids the debilitating forces of civilization.
These examples may seem trivial, as if they were just “the way things are,” not proving anything. But this is not so.