A conservative computer science think tank in Maryland has published a paper claiming that packet switching, a foundational element of web communications, is much less widely accepted by the scientific community than is commonly reported.
The Institute of Computer Sciences, located in Arundel MD, is devoted to researching digital media from a Biblical perspective.
“Packet-switching is a theory,” said institute director Dr. Lyle Schmetterling. “There is a serious debate in the scientific community as to the reliability of data supporting this viewpoint. The complexity of Internet communications calls into question the idea that it is self-generated and mechanistic, a notion many in leftist academia have long presented as fact.”
The study conducted by Schmetterling’s group is titled “Packet Switching: The Case for Digital Faith.” It asserts that only 41% of computer researchers surveyed believe packet switching is real.
Believers in the packet switching theory assert that data travels between destinations by first being broken up into chunks, called “packets.” Each packet is sent independently, over whatever available route is optimal, and is then reassembled at the destination.
The ICS’s argument s gaining adherents on Capitol Hill. South Dakota’s Jim Tunes, chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transporation, said the study requires a rethinking on the part of his committee as to how the Internet should be managed and regulated.
“We have taken for granted what is now widely considered simply a theory on how information moves through the Internet,” Tunes said in an interview. “Faith has a place in public life and now it seems it also has a place in Internet privacy regulations.”
“We are a scientific organization,” said Prof. Ralph Memling, the institute’s governmental relations manager, “so all we ask is that Congress consider all the facts scientifically before it makes new laws governing what increasingly seems to be the domain of a creative intelligence.”