Discoveroids: One Picture Reveals All

Every now and then we get a truly revealing post from the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute‘s creationist public relations and lobbying operation, the Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids, a/k/a the cdesign proponentsists).

It rarely gets more revealing than this one that just appeared on the Discoveroids’ blog: Sunset on Mars. It’s wonderfully brief, so no one will get lost in their verbiage.

First they display the NASA photo which we’ve reproduced above. It came from an earlier rover, not the one that just landed. We took ours from here at the NASA website, the same place the Discoveroids got theirs. Below that they copy what the NASA site says about the image:

On May 19, 2005, NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit captured this stunning view as the Sun sank below the rim of Gusev crater on Mars. This Panoramic Camera mosaic was taken around 6:07 in the evening of the rover’s 489th Martian day, or sol.

The only other thing in their post is a link to one of their recent articles, strangely captioned “With apologies to Curiosity.” We previously posted this about their linked article: Discoveroids React to the Martian Landing.

That’s it. That’s the whole Discoveroid post. Oh, wait — under the photo where they properly credit NASA, they also say:

No relevance to evolution, though, in all likelihood.

Ooooooh! What’s that all about? They posted one picture, that cryptic line, and one sneering link. What are they trying to say?

And there’s one more thing — the Discoveroid post has no individual author’s name. It’s attributed to the whole creationist shop. Their earlier post to which they linked was by Klinghoffer, who ranted about the “particular worldview” of what he calls “Big Science” (his capitalization), and also about JPL’s (and presumably NASA’s) “seething bias against intelligent design we’ve documented here at great length in the context of the David Coppedge case.” Klinghoffer also said:

Broadly speaking, they sent Curiosity to Mars in an effort, however doomed, to refute intelligent design.

By having their new post (by all of them) refer back to Klinghoffer’s post, they’re clearly adopting his rant as Discoveroid dogma. We like the way they refer to Big Science, in much the same way the political left speaks of Big Business and Big Oil, and the political right speaks of Big Labor and Big Government. The Discoveroids have created their own little world with Big Science as their bogeyman.

Observe, dear reader, how the Discoveroids’ starkly simple post reveals their absolute hatred for science — not just evolution, but all of it. That picture of a Martian sunset represents a glorious technological achievement — and they hate it. They sneer at it. They spit upon it. Their hatred is all the more intense because that picture comes from the kind of people who “discriminated” against Coppedge and intelligent design! What motivates the Discoveroids?

We can, if we try, understand the motives of the churchmen who prosecuted Galileo for heresy almost 400 years ago (see the Galileo affair). They were trying to hold on to their power, so they foolishly tried to suppress knowledge of the solar system because it contradicted their teachings. But what are the Discoveroids doing? They have no power to protect.

As you know, the Discoveroids’ goals are spelled out in their wedge strategy — which declares that their purpose is “To replace materialistic explanations with the theistic understanding that nature and human beings are created by God.” It specifically says:

Design theory promises to reverse the stifling dominance of the materialist worldview, and to replace it with a science consonant with Christian and theistic convictions.

[...]

Discovery Institute’s Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture seeks nothing less than the overthrow of materialism and its cultural legacies. … [T]he Center explores how new developments in biology, physics and cognitive science raise serious doubts about scientific materialism and have re-opened the case for a broadly theistic understanding of nature.

So in their own weird way, the Discoveroids aren’t interested in power. Their opposition to Darwin’s theory is just one small aspect of their much larger goal — the destruction of science itself and the discipline of reason upon which it relies. That’s why, when we started this humble blog, we said they’re Enemies of the Enlightenment.

If the Discoveroids were ever to succeed in their endeavors and the world reverts to pre-scientific ignorance — what would they accomplish? They wouldn’t (like the Inquisition) perfect their grip on power because they have none, and that crew in Seattle is unlikely to ever achieve any. So what else drives them? That’s difficult to say, because their motives aren’t like anything we usually encounter.

The best we can come up with is that they’re driven by a raw hatred of reality — they don’t like it, they don’t want to understand it, and they don’t want anyone else to understand it. Thus their sneer at NASA’s photo of the Martian sunset. It’s quite symbolic, really.

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24 responses to “Discoveroids: One Picture Reveals All

  1. It’s possible the DI just wanted to put up a link to direct a little more traffic to Klinghoffer’s post.

    It’s amazing that they’ve become so arrogant that they believe NASA is spending billions of dollars exploring Mars solely to disprove a small coven of mystics in Seattle.

  2. Literally, a bunch of yahoos howling at the moon, or Mars in this case. And they have the gall to stand on the shoulders of giants to do it! I’ll take “Big Science” over Big Religion any day of the week, thank you very much.

    It’s ironic and revealing that the target of their angst is named “Curiosity.” Discoveroids are some of the least curious people ever. Taken as a metaphor for human progress, their contempt is glaringly obvious.

  3. It’s amazing that they’ve become so arrogant that they believe NASA is spending billions of dollars exploring Mars solely to disprove a small coven of mystics in Seattle.

    Not so amazing. These are the same people who believe an omniscient master of space, time and dimension created the infinite universe solely for them.

  4. Uh oh. That whole “we’re unique” is starting to look even more feeble.

  5. @Gary: Maybe a bit of Noah’s Flood splashed over and carved that enormous canyon on Mars?

  6. No sooner do I snark but I find it. Over at Nick Lally’s* Creationist Hall of Sham there is a post “Curiousity, Machine, and Motive”, with this little gem:

    “Would life on Mars invalidate Genesis chapter 1? No. In fact, some probe like Curiosity will find life on Mars. Life that came from Earth, in the same disaster that caused a Global Flood.”

  7. Tomato Addict quotes a creationist who says: “Curiosity will find life on Mars. Life that came from Earth, in the same disaster that caused a Global Flood.”

    Sounds good to me!

  8. They hate science, but they love their cell phones, their GPS, their health care, etc., etc.

  9. @TA: “Life that came from Earth, in the same disaster that caused a Global Flood.”
    Yup. You called it. Remember to use this power only for good and not evil.

  10. They’re authoritarians. They are anti-Enlightenment because the Enlightenment values democracy and the questioning of authority.

    Some of them honestly believe, no doubt. But it’s not just belief that drives them. Like Leo Strauss and his followers, they think society, in order to be stable, needs religion to keep the masses in line. Meanwhile (they think) society should be ruled by educated elites who promote god-belief for everyone else.

    That’s why an agnostic like Berlinski is a Discoveroid.

  11. Gary writes: Remember to use this power only for good and not evil.

    No evil??? Dang …

  12. retiredsciguy

    Ed observes, “It’s amazing that they’ve become so arrogant that they believe NASA is spending billions of dollars exploring Mars solely to disprove a small coven of mystics in Seattle.”

    You nailed it, Ed! Also, did you notice how their Wedge Strategy reveals their mastery of Orwell-Speak?

    “Design theory promises to reverse the stifling dominance of the materialist worldview, and to replace it with a science consonant with Christian and theistic convictions.”

    “Stifling dominance” of science?!? Ha! The exact opposite is the truth of the matter — it is religious dogma that has, over the centuries, stifled our understanding of the nature of reality.

  13. I’m wondering if some creationist sometimes said, “Earth is unique, a privileged planet because Earth is the only planet with plate tectonics.”

    I seem to recall this argument being made recently with regard to IDers denying habitable exoplanets.

  14. TA said: “No evil???”
    Well, no evil in the real sense. But evil according to the AIG or DI definition? All you want.

  15. Now comes word that Mars may indeed have plate tectonics, and the big Vallis Marineris valley is actually the boundary between two plates:
    http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/ucla-scientist-discovers-plate-237303.aspx
    Personally, I’ve long thought Martian geography is a major problem for Young Earthers (and by extension Young Marsers). Almost as soon as it landed, the Opportunity rover found deep layers of sediment repeatedly deposited over many thousands of years by open water. YMCers have to account for all those layers in a much shorter period of time. (They do it for Earth for arguing that such deposits were made during the Flood, despite some difficulties with regard to so much so fast, but does this mean there was a Flood on Mars, too?) They also have to explain when it happened. Mars clearly had a denser atmosphere in the past, but lost much of it and exposed open water cannot exist on the surface now though there are other water-derived features that can be seen. Mars has been known as a bright blood-red object for as far back in human history as records go, so it has not been a world with clouds and seas (much of the northern hemisphere may have been an ocean at one time) since the beginning of things as Creationists would conceive them.
    My guess is that if they deigned to even consider the problem, they would have no trouble deciding that the Flood was a Solar System-wide catastrophe and affected Mars as well by somehow stripping it of much of its atmosphere.

  16. @Gary: Well darn … I just got the death ray working, and now I can’t use it.

    Incidentally, should Casey Luskin, David Klinghoffer, and Ken Ham all suddenly develop urinary tract difficulties, I had nothing to do with it.

  17. Curmudgeon: “Ooooooh! What’s that all about?”

    You know. It’s what they call “Egnorance.” (scroll to my reply to Mark Isaak if the link does not take you there).

  18. With regards to the references to “protecting power” above, it seems that organizations like the Ahmundsen Foundation( which backs the Discotute) do have a broad stake in promoting a non logical world view serving the status quo. Most Americans seem woefully unprepared to evaluate and disassemble creationist arguments. Indeed I know conservative geoscientists who are willing to ignore creationist political platforms if the party’s other
    stances meet with their approval. So to me, the Discoveroids , while intellectually, scientifically
    and morally bankrupt., serve a broader purpose. By misleading and attempting to misinform the populace, they are preserving the
    position of their wealthy supporters atop the economic pyramid. It’s a high level strategic, and ultimately, very clever approach. In a manner of speaking its an adaptation intended to enhance
    their chances of surviving, and is therefore, an affirmation of the natural laws they seek to refute A broader understanding of science and philosophy is enormously threatening to them.
    As it should be.

  19. will says: “By misleading and attempting to misinform the populace, they are preserving the position of their wealthy supporters atop the economic pyramid. … A broader understanding of science and philosophy is enormously threatening to to them. As it should be.”

    What are you talking about? I’d agree if the Discoveroids and their patrons were defending some kind of monarchy-aristocracy that ruled by divine right, but we’re talking about America. The Founders understood science and philosophy — and they had a very rational respect for property rights. In my humble opinion, the more rational the population is, the more they’ll support the Constitution and the free enterprise system. The Discoveroids and their patrons are trying to undo everything that’s been accomplished in the past 200 years.

  20. ” I’d agree if the Discoveroids and their patrons were defending some kind of monarchy-aristocracy that ruled by divine right, but we’re talking about America. ”

    Oh. You think the wealthy and political powerful in America, the people “atop the economic pyramid,” got and keep their wealth thanks to “the free enterprise system” and don’t feel threatened by an educated populace.

    Bless your heart. No wonder you don’t understand what you’re seeing.

  21. Well, I think these guys just don’t know their @sses from snake holes. Mars is beautiful in its own kind of way. But compared to Earth it’s a frozen dry deseet sh!thole. I’m sure Curiosity won’t be taking pics of giant crawling sand and rover eating martian squid beasts. But if it found a rock with a tiny fossil diatom imprint. Whoa! That would be awesome! It would answer a really big question for me.

  22. Observe, dear reader, how the Discoveroids’ starkly simple post reveals their absolute hatred for science — not just evolution, but all of it. That picture of a Martian sunset represents a glorious technological achievement — and they hate it. They sneer at it. They spit upon it. Their hatred is all the more intense because that picture comes from the kind of people who “discriminated” against Coppedge and intelligent design! What motivates the Discoveroids?

    As I’m sure you’ll know, they are not the only ones

  23. Reynolds thanks for that link. Ole Hambo is coming to my town end of next month.