Okay, Im sick of typing out all of Dembskis stutters and erm and eeeeeh eeeeeeh eeeeeeehs and "I mean, you knows?" So this is an abbreviated Q&A. This was a softball question, and he still did it. Seriously the next time I hear someone insisting Creationists have a GREAT fr*me because they are dynamic speakers Im going to throw a CD of this garbage at them. But I vote this Q&A as the crappiest of the night. Its five minutes of two people talking and not saying anything. Awful.
Young gentleman-- I was wondering about the use of, probably DNA in terms of an information theory argument. Seems like a perfectly reasonable language, I don’t know if the complexities are too large, but are there people looking at DNA as an alphabet information carried in strings of DNA sort of in words and is there anything in that realm that is possible?
Dembski--Well sure! This is the idea of DNA being a code is well worn territory. I refer you to Hubert Yockey, who has written on this topic and is also critical of conventional evolutionary theory. He says the information in DNA is not something you can get from natural processes. So I mean, this merging of information theory and biology in the genetic code is something that is very much done. And in bioinformatics you look at sequences of DNA from different organisms and you do a lot of comparisons and data mining. This idea of DNA being a code is very much used.
You mathy folks will probably have more fun with this, but here is what I got out of this crappy Q&A:
- Dembski, given a softball opportunity to talk about his Blessed Information, could just gibber gobbledy-gook.
- Bioinformatics is impossible if Dembski is right. Bioinformatics means nothing without evolution. Even in the games we would play in undergrad in order to learn how to use all the online tools for bioinformatics, we had to use evolution. No idea why Dembski brought this field up. I mean honestly, Id really like to see him figure out what an unknown gene does in humans without using evolution. Knock-out babies, Dembski? Thats just about your only option.
- Who is Hubert Yockey? I Googled him and got a ton of Creationist pages. Im going to do more hunting...