Intelligent Design Creationists are still trying to promote their views. They consistently claim to have positive evidence of intelligent design and they consistently complain whenever we point out what they actually do; they attack evolution/science. Their main talking point relies on the fallacy known as "false dichotomy." They assume that by casting doubt on evolution/science they lend support to their religious viewpoint.Each year, the IDiots on Evolution News & Views (sic) publish their top ten stories. The series is linked to a fund-raising campaign so it's safe to assume they think these stories advance their cause. Let's see how many of the top stories promote intelligent design and how many are just criticisms of evolution/science. That should be revealing ...
#10: Tyson Says Chances of Intelligently Designed Universe "May Be Very High"
Neil deGrasse Tyson made a silly comment saying that the universe might be a simulation. The IDiots reported it. It's one of their top ten stories. This is called "scraping the barrel."
#9: Feathers on a Bird or Dinosaur Tail?
Scientists recently discovered a piece of 100My old amber containing dinosaur feathers. The IDiots claim the fossil could be a bird, not a dinosaur. That's one of their top stories of 2016! Note that it has nothing to do with arguments for an intelligent designer.
#8: Merry Christmas! These Bacteria Are No Evolutionary Nightmare
Jerry Coyne published an article about the development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria. He claimed, correctly, that this is an example of evolution. His article was a description of an experiment published recently in Science. The IDiots say this is not important because "no newly evolved complex information has been demonstrated." That's their top story. More criticism of evolution.
#7: An Engineered "Minimal" Microbe Is Evidence of Intelligent Design
Craig Venter and his colleagues built a bacterium with only 473 genes. The IDiots interpret this to mean that Craig Venter must be the intelligent designer they worship. Venter would be pleased.
#6: BIO-Complexity Addresses the Problem of Biological Innovation
BIO-Complexity is the "research" journal published by Intelligent Design Creationists. The journal published two (2!) articles in 2016 and two (2!) articles in 2016. One of the top stories in 2016 is a 2015 article by Doug Axe and Ann Gauger titled "Model and Laboratory Demonstrations That Evolutionary Optimization Works Well Only If Preceded by Invention—Selection Itself Is Not Inventive." More criticism of evolution from a perspective that Axe has been pushing, unsuccessfully, for more than a decade.
#5: Real-Time Censorship as PLOS ONE Retracts "Proper Design by Creator" Paper
PLoS One published a paper that contained the following statement in the abstract, "The explicit functional link indicates that the biomechanical characteristic of tendinous connective architecture between muscles and articulations is the proper design by the Creator to perform a multitude of daily tasks in a comfortable way." (Lui et al., 2016) The journal got lots of letters that usually started with "WTF?" The editors decided the article had not been properly reviewed (duh!) so they retracted it. This is one of the top stories of 2016 according to Evolution News & Views (sic) but it creates a problem since it specifically mentions a Creator. The IDiots have to add a disclaimer that makes the choice of top ten stories look very silly ...
I must note here that the theory intelligent design does not infer a "Creator," a religious idea that goes beyond what the scientific evidence says. ID infers a source of intelligence, and leaves it to others to argue about the identity of the source.
#4: Denton's Evolution: Still a Theory in Crisis Is a "Best Book" of 2016
The IDiots managed to find someone named A.N. Wilson who put Denton's book on his/her list of best nonfiction books in an article for the London Spectator. Denton believes in evolution, common descent, and a universe that's billions of years old. Those views conflict directly with the beliefs of most Intelligent Design Creationists but that doesn't stop them from taking credit for his book.
#3: Poll Shows Broad Support for Teaching Evidence For and Against Darwin
Another top ten story reports the results of a poll of American adults. The results show that 81% support teaching "evidence relating to Darwinian evolution, pro and con." I also support this kind of teaching, especially since there's more to evolution than Darwin. The IDiots think this is newsworthy. In other news, those same American adults elected a misogynist, bigoted, stupid, egotistical, sexual predator as their President. I bet most IDiots voted for him.
#2: Douglas Axe Liberates Readers from Tyranny of Evolution "Experts"
Creationists love to brag about their books. The #2 top story is Doug Axe's book Undeniable. He claims the origin of life and the origin of new genes is impossible because the odds are too great. We all agree that the origin of life was a highly improbable event. New genes are also rare. Problem is, Axe doesn't have a better explanation. If he thinks aliens did it then we still have to explain the origin of aliens. Same with Zeus or any of the other gods. This is just another attack on evolution. When are the IDiots going to produce some evidence for the existence of an intelligent designer?