IT’s time we paid some attention to Bruce Chapman, the founder and president of the Discovery Institute — a/k/a the Discoveroids. Chapman’s Seattle organization devotes about half of its resources to supporting and promoting the neo-theocrats at their Center for Science and Culture. You can learn some financial details here: Discovery Institute: Their 2007 Tax Return.
Chapman’s position makes him Lord High Keeper of their Wedge strategy, and the ultimate leader of all cdesign proponentsists (described here: Missing link: “cdesign proponentsists”). He gets particularly indignant when his outfit is referred to as “creationists,” which is what they are. See: Discovery Institute vs. The Vatican and Fox News.
Chapman’s concerns are never far from promoting creationism. See Discovery Institute Gushes over “Expelled”. Perhaps the most revealing article we’ve written about Chapman was one of this blog’s first posts — Discovery Institute: Peek Behind the Curtain.
As Overlord of all Discoveroids, Chapman has his own blog, where you can — if you wish — follow the musings of this great man. His blog, by the way, displays promotional widgets hawking some creationist books that we’ve discussed from time to time, so although his position places him organizationally above the creationist activities in the Center for Science and Culture, Chapman’s views on creationism are apparently the same as theirs.
With that as background information, we present to you, dear reader, direct from Chapman’s personal blog, Looking for Life in All The Wrong Places:
Our colleague Jay Richards, co-author with Guillermo Gonzalez of The Privileged Planet, responds to the perfervid, unremitting efforts to posit, if not find, life in outer space.
That book, The Privileged Planet, is a “fine tuning” argument applied to Earth. It reminds us of the clerical opposition to Galileo’s theory that Earth was just another planet and not the center of the universe. “Fine tuning” is the sort of thing that some cosmologists apply to the entire universe in an effort to claim that everything is so perfectly arranged that it couldn’t have happened like that naturally; there had to be some guiding intelligence who set the dials so that everything would be as we see it. See Fine-tuned Universe.
But those claiming intelligent design for the universe as a whole at least have the advantage of knowing that we’ll never find other universes to use for comparisons, so their claim of unique fine tuning — although useless — is supremely immune to testing. The unique Earth proponents, however, are in a far more precarious position. If we find other life-bearing planets, the Discoveroids will find that they’ve been promoting yet another foolish bit of pseudo-science. Apparently, that makes Chapman nervous. Let’s read on:
People like Richard Dawkins and the New York Times — that condemn theorists who cite evidence for intelligent design — get weak-kneed and giddy when offered totally speculative aspirations to life discoveries by scientism’s guardians.
“Weak-kneed and giddy”? That’s in contrast to Discoveroid creationists who get hysterical and collapse on the fainting couch at the slightest suggestion that their version of creationism is nothing but ancient bunk sexed up with a bustle.
This is the end of Chapman’s brief article:
Like the economic theorist describing how to get out of a hole — “First, assume a ladder.” — the materialist indicates that all it takes to find life in other galaxies is a near-infinity of stars and a near-infinity of time. Theory conquers all.
“Life in other galaxies”? Whaaaa? Does Chapman know what a galaxy is? Anyway, he concludes by saying “Theory conquers all.” No, Chappy, in science it’s evidence that conquers erroneous theory. One day, perhaps, you’ll figure it out.
Okay, where does that leave us? Our appreciation of the Discoveroids’ enterprise is unchanged, but we’ll offer this parting thought:
You have often seen the Discoveroid lie about some kind of linkage between Darwin and Hitler. It comes up so often that we’ve posted about it more than once — for example: Hitler and Darwin. Indeed, one of the Discoveroid “senior fellows” (i.e., he’s a full-blown creationist) is Richard Weikart. He’s the author of a book titled From Darwin to Hitler, which is often promoted at the Discoveroid blog, as they repeat the malicious mantra: “No Darwin, no Hitler.”
Why do we bring this up? It’s to introduce a Curmudgeonly truism with which we’ll end this post. Unlike the creationists’ mantra, ours is factual: No Chapman, no Discoveroids.
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