Intelligent Design Found in Bacteria
Poetry has been found in a bacterial genome. We know it was intentional, because we know the poet who did it: Christian Bok. The BBC News tells how Bok “encoded his verse into a strip of DNA and had it inserted into a common bacterium, E. coli.” Would scientists of the future be able to detect the intelligently-designed insertion?
This led to a discussion about natural selection. Bok wants next to insert some of his doggerel into the hardy bacterium, Deinococcus radiodurans, as a means of preserving some human culture in case of a nuclear war or other extinction event. Others quoted in the article feel that natural selection would quickly eliminate his useless code. “His poem would be rapidly removed by natural selection, as it would confer no benefit on the host bacterium,” Dr Julian Parkhill of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute commented. “Natural selection as [sic; is] literary criticism.”
Whether natural selection has any meaning whatsoever, let alone whether it amounts to a scientific theory, was the subject of Dr. Randy Guliuzza’s cover story in this month’s ICR magazine, Acts & Facts. Selection presupposes a selector – an agent, Guliuzza said. “It is presented in most schools as absolutely true in spite of its ill-defined basis, its invisible operation, and the fact that there is no real ‘selector’—because attributes inherent to organisms actually do all the work. These warnings should influence creation scientists to step back and re-evaluate this convoluted evolutionary idea.”
Natural selection is to literary criticism as the trash man is to old books thrown in the bin. It took a choice by someone to throw the books in the bin. Natural selection has no care for what was tossed out. Natural selection is a vacuous, personified tautology that has no more power to create a living, functioning bacterium in the first place.
The fact that it is now possible for humans to intentionally insert messages into the genetic code should alert everyone to the idea that intelligent design (ID) is a scientific theory. It should be possible for an unbiased observer to distinguish natural law from ID in a living organism by examining the code for the presence of complex, specified information. What’s the difference whether the information is functional or poetic? The Darwinist will reply that functional information aids survival but poetic information does not. If that sounds like a reasonable response, please re-read the prior paragraph.