Here is the real story. Evolutionary algorithms indeed cannot outperform blind search but, as Dembski knows, only if their performance is averaged over all possible fitness functions.
The mechanical philosophy was ever blind to this fact.
I was to have been given two days notice about the review committee's recommendations and the Baylor administration's decision whether to adopt them. The one bright spot in the peer review committee report was that they said my work had legitimacy albeit as a contribution to the relation between science and religion. When I left Catholic school after my junior year, I had no intention of returning to Roman Catholicism, or to any form of Christianity for that matter. That happened in broadly evangelical circles. And the exit interview by Richard Dawkins with Ben Stein is classic.
The ID initiative quickly became Discovery Institute's main initiative and the one for which it is best known. So, the question remained: How to explain specified complexity now that the divide-and-conquer Darwinian strategy—in which natural selection would gradually build up biological complexity—could be seen to have failed? If so, when did the tide begin to turn, and natural selection begin to become a sacred cow that could not be questioned without jeopardizing one's career?
Although NFL-1 per se is not related to any performance measures, it may be convenient to employ certain performance measures which, although not required by the NFL theorem, may facilitate the judgment about the efficacy of an algorithm.
The problem is that within a month of publishing The Design Inference, I also published Mere Creation, the proceedings of a conference at Biola on creation and design. We went to mass very sporadically. The one bright spot in the peer review committee report was that they said my work had legitimacy albeit as a contribution to the relation between science and religion. The bottom line is that ID remains without the sort of institutional support that could accelerate its research and acceptance. In every case, they have seemed to me politically motivated, attempting to ensure that the professional society doesn't lose face should some of its wayward members be perceived as sympathizing with ID.
I was a member at the time, though I let my membership lapse subsequently because of that denunciation. Effectively challenging the hegemony of naturalism and reinstating design within science, Dembski shows how intelligent design can be unpacked as a theory of information. This problem poses an obvious and devastating refutation of the materialist position the moment one reflects on it. Expelled was to lead to a national discussion, with an active website from which people could learn more. Algorithms are strategies employed for the search.