"The theory of intelligent design holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection. Through the study and analysis of a system’s components, a design theorist is able to determine whether various natural structures are the product of chance, natural law, intelligent design, or some combination thereof. Such research is conducted by observing the types of information produced when intelligent agents act. Scientists then seek to find objects which have those same types of informational properties which we commonly know come from intelligence. Intelligent design has applied these scientific methods to detect design in irreducibly complex biological structures, the complex and specified information content in DNA, the life-sustaining physical architecture of the universe, and the geologically rapid origin of biological diversity in the fossil record during the Cambrian explosion approximately 530 million years ago."No scientist worth his salt would come to that conclusion on that premise. They would have to demonstrate design, not just infer it. If this is what you're doing, you are no where near being thorough enough.
And how does it test whether it is intelligently designed or by natural means?
there are many acclaimed scientists that actually support the ID theories methodology but are not IDists themselves
most of the testing is through inspection of how it works to create what is being 'designed' and can readily place the causation into chance, natural law or design by intelligence.... or some possible combo.
yes .. snowflakes look designed so does a box of tennis balls that then tilted slightly and vibrated..they all align up ... same thing with crystals (snow flakes) there is a natural law closest packing that causes this formation and it purely a natural process... no ID needed.But the point is, snowflakes look designed, but we know the mechanism that produce them doesn't include design. That things look designed therefore they are is your premise that the snowflake example resonds to.