Of Baseballs, Softballs, Cakes and Specified Information
This debate- that of ID vs. the blind watchmaker- is that of reduction- as in can living organisms, or whatever we are investigating, be reduced to matter, energy, chance and necessity.
And if it cannot what was required?
This is where baseballs, softballs and cakes come in.
In order to get a regulation MLB baseball the missing ingredients to the above are agency and specified information.
The same with a regulation fast-pitch softball and cakes.
These things cannot be reduced to matter, energy, chance and necessity.
Without agency involvement and specified information they wouldn't exist.
The point ID makes is that living organisms are chock full of specified information and the only way to understand living organisms is to understand that specified information.
This specified information is not sequence specificity. Sequence specification is only to carry out the information specified.
The products of transcription are little functioning information packets.
However only through the lense of ID would scientists even be looking for such a thing.
So the next time you ask "what good is ID?"-
The easy answer is only as good as people let it be.
But if you live your life saying "anything but design!!!", then you are just a pimple on the ass of progress waiting to be lanced.