*I'm away on vacation this week, taking my kids to Disney World. Since I'm not likely to have time to write while I'm away, I'm taking the opportunity to re-run some old classic posts which were first posted in the summer of 2006. These posts are mildly revised.*

Back when I first wrote this post, I was taking a break from some puzzling debugging.

Since I was already a bit frazzled, and I felt like I needed some comic relief, I decided to

hit one of my favorite comedy sites, Answers in Genesis. I can pretty much always find

something sufficiently stupid to amuse me on their site. On that fateful day, I came across a

gem called Information, science and biology", by the all too appropriately named

"Werner Gitt". It's yet another attempt by a creationist twit to find some way to use

information theory to prove that life must have been created by god.

This article really interested me in the bad-math way, because I'm a big fan of information theory. I don't pretend to be anything close to an expert in it, but I'm

fascinated by it. I've read several texts on it, taken one course in grad school, and had the incredible good fortune of getting to know Greg Chaitin, one of the co-inventors of algorithmic information theory. Basically, it's safe to say that I know enough about

information theory to get myself into trouble.

Unlike admission above, it looks like the Gitt hasn't actually *read* any real

information theory much less understood it. All that he's done is heard Dembski presenting

one of his wretched mischaracterizations, and then regurgitated and expanded upon them.

Dembski was bad enough; building on an incomplete understanding of Dembski's misrepresentations, misunderstandings, and outright and errors produces a result

that is just astonishingly ridiculous. It's actually a splendid example of my mantra on this blog: "*the worst math is no math*"; the entire article pretends to be doing math - but it's actual mathematical content is nil. Still, to the day of this repost, I continue

to see references to this article as "Gitt's math" or "Gitt's proof".

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