Do the authors of the study think this is intelligently designed? They almost say so.
The piece is highly technical and mathematical, but the basic argument can be quickly summarized with only a marginal loss of technical accuracy.
A helpful formulation comes from podcaster Scott Adams, of “Dilbert” fame, who comments entertainingly on the political scene.
Miniature designs often require more foresight and delicate engineering than large designs. Examples are abundant in the living world.
Johnson spotted the slick tactics in evolutionary arguments, “the same rhetorical tricks that clever lawyers use when they have to defend a flawed case in court.”