What’s the difference between Mount Rushmore and DNA? (This question followed a discussion of whether DNA is more like Half Dome or more like Mount Rushmore.)
One commenter’s version on this thread:
Who: Gutzon Borglum and a few hundred miners, sculptors, and rock climbers
How: dynamite, jackhammering, and chiselling
Why: to increase tourism in the Black Hills
Who: an unknown designer
I fail to see the analogy.
Who: The design inference leads to other inferences outside the realm of science. The designer is most likely an amazing, creative being far above my own abilities, someone I want to get to know, someone about whom I want to find out more.
When: 3.8 billion years ago, or so it seems now; more to explore
How: Fascinating domain of on-going scientific study
Why: Generally when someone designs something amazing, she does it for a reason, a purpose, a goal. This inference spurs me on to figure out the details. Could the designer have revealed himself and details as to “why” in some other way? The designer of such an amazing language like DNA is most likely not silent. We might even give him the nickname “Logos” until we figure out who he is . . .