Design detectives fooled by urban legend
By Andrea Bottaro
Posted May 23, 2006
This is really funny. It seems that claiming expertise in "design
detection" theory and methods is no guarantee against falling for the
crudest of urban legends. Of course, it helps if the urban legend is
based on stuff that pushes the religious right's buttons (although, we
are told, ID has nothing to do with religion-based political
movements!), such as a story about praying marines being under attack
by the ACLU.
Dembski's blog got snookered by a silly chain e-mail
to post the following entry, which I copy in its glorious entirety
after the fold (caution: large) so that everyone can appreciate the
imaginative use of fonts, caps and pompous rhetoric, which alone should
have set off some alarm bells (note also the boisterous approval by
Dembski himself in the comments). Ironically, this urban legend was
already completely debunked in 2003 (see here and here),
so here's my suggestion, folks: if your design detection methods
clearly need some tuning, you can still avoid looking foolish by simply
checking the relevant literature.
Here's a reproduction of the page, for historical purposes (a couple
additional pictures of praying marines, several links and ads were cut
for space reasons).
Originally posted at The Panda's Thumb.