Intelligent Design- What do the words mean?
It is sad, but true, that there are anti-IDists that are so angry at the world that they have difficulty with the simple aspects of understanding their opponents. Take the words "Intelligent Design" for example. They just can't figure out what it means nor what it claims even though it has been spelled out such that grade school kids get it.
William Dembski says it all in Intelligent Design is NOT Optimal Design:
But why then place the adjective "intelligent" in front of the noun "design"? Doesn't design already include the idea of intelligent agency, so that juxtaposing the two becomes an exercise in redundancy? Not at all. Intelligent design needs to be distinguished from apparent design on the one hand and optimal design on the other. Apparent design looks designed but really isn't. Optimal design is perfect design and hence cannot exist except in an idealized realm (sometimes called a "Platonic heaven"). Apparent and optimal design empty design of all practical significance....
Within biology, intelligent design holds that a designing intelligence is indispensable for explaining the specified complexity of living systems. Nevertheless, taken strictly as a scientific theory, intelligent design refuses to speculate about the nature of this designing intelligence. Whereas optimal design demands a perfectionistic, anal-retentive designer who has to get everything just right, intelligent design fits our ordinary experience of design, which is always conditioned by the needs of a situation and therefore always falls short of some idealized global optimum.Obviously, in that context, design would mean: (scroll down to design noun- full definition of design)
5 a : an underlying scheme that governs functioning, developing, or unfolding : pattern, motif
6 : the arrangement of elements or details in a product or work of artAnd taken together Intelligent Design would relate to all the definitions of design that are telic in nature.
It is the same with the word "information". When IDists use it all of a sudden our opponents start having tardgasms even though our use of the word is the ordinary everyday use.
If evoTARDs are that clueless that they can't use a dictionary to figure out word usage, there is no way they can understand science.