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Monday, February 12, 2007

ID in the UK: Engineering prof speaks for design

Stuart Burgess, professor of design and nature, in the mechanical engineering department at Bristol U argues"> that intelligent design is as valid a scientific concept as evolution:

I've been designing systems like spacecraft for more than 20 years. One of the lessons I've learnt is that complex systems require an immense amount of intelligence to design. I've seen a lot of irreducible complexity in engineering. I have also seen organs in nature that are apparently irreducible. An irreducibly complex organ is one where several parts are required simultaneously for the system to function usefully, so it cannot have evolved, bit by bit, over time.

The same pattern is unfolding in Britain as in North America: Pondering herds of forgettable notables assure us that the universe cannot show evidence of intelligent design and - miraculously! - that there is no conflict between Darwin's design-free theory of evolution and monotheistic religion which posits a creator/designer. Then a guy like this comes along and you see why the forgettables have to act fast to ram it all down everyone's throat - their stale date is coming up pretty fast.

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