“My Failed Simulation” taken literally at scienceblogs
|February 23, 2008||Posted by Granville Sewell under Intelligent Design, Humor|
When I first wrote “My Failed Simulation” (now on the discovery.org main page here and at Human Events) it really never even occurred to me that anyone would think I had actually tried such a simulation, or that I was claiming to have tried it. I thought it was pretty obvious that it was just a thought experiment, designed to get people to think about the alternative to ID, namely that physics (the Schrodinger equation plus the elemenary particles of physics plus the four known forces of physics) alone can explain computers, libraries full of science texts and novels, and the Internet. My point was, not only is this the officially accepted view of science today, but anyone who doubts that physics alone can explain computers is considered so dumb he should be “Expelled” from the science classroom.
As I recall, only a couple of people at UD, where it was first posted, were confused as to whether or not I was serious (and they were probably only confused because they had not read below the fold). I even added “imaginary” to “friend” to make sure no one misunderstood it. But I have discovered an entire thread at Scienceblogs here where it seems many thought I was claiming to have actually done the simulation. Makes for very entertaining reading; but I don’t seem to have raised any doubts among this crowd.