Discovery Institute — Delusional in Seattle

ONCE AGAIN, the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture demonstrate that they are beyond the reach of reason. In this dazzlingly silly piece by Casey Luskin, our favorite Discoveroid, Could Science and the Chronicle of Higher Education Be Any More Biased – or Wrong?, we see how they react to reality. Casey says:

The documentary Expelled keenly observes that scientific ideas begin in the academy, but if they’re to get out to the people, they must pass through a series of barriers and “checkpoints,” which means they can be hindered or stopped at any point along the way. In the film, the first checkpoint is the academy, which polices journals and controls research grants and funding. The second checkpoint is comprised of watchdog groups, like the NCSE [National Center for Science Education], that work hard to organize and kindle opposition against Darwin-skeptics. The next checkpoint is the media, which carefully selects the sources of information it will broadcast to the public on this issue. When all those checkpoints fail, the final checkpoint is the courts. (This idea is explained in the diagram at left.) The film features various animated sequences explaining how Darwinists use these “checkpoints” to prevent scientific dissent from evolution from reaching the public.

Observe, Curmudgeon fans, the “enemies list” that Casey feels he must overcome if scientific ideas are “to get out to the people”: (1) academia; (2) watchdog groups; (3) the media; and (4) the courts. What’s that all about? Casey’s list is nothing but a series of obstacles to be overcome in order for a public relations outfit (that’s what the Discoveroids are) to spread the “science” of creationism.

Casey’s list isn’t about actually doing science, because the Discoveroids aren’t involved in any of that. In reality, it’s only in the first item on Casey’s list (academia) where any science is done. Science is also done in corporate research facilities, which are often funded by government agencies like NASA, but the Discoveroids have no realistic hope of penetrating the corporate world, so that’s not on Casey’s list.

Watchdog groups only pop up where necessity demands, as when pseudo-scientific foolishness threatens science (as is certainly the case with creationism). The media are irrelevant to science. Why is it important that a scientific idea like, say, quantum mechanics should “get out to the people”? As for the courts, they come into it only when, as in the Dover case (Kitzmiller et al. v Dover Area School District et al.), religion threatens to cross Constitutional barriers. But let’s hear a bit more from Casey:

Some members of the media don’t like being seen as a “checkpoint,” so they have been working hard in their coverage of Expelled and academic freedom legislation to misinform the public on these topics.

Brilliant, Casey! Now you’re attacking the media because they don’t always see things your way. That’s never been a winning tactic, but we hope you continue with it.

Here’s one more excerpt, from Casey’s final paragraph:

So what we see here is the media checkpoint working closely with the watchdog checkpoint to endorse the misinformation coming from the academia checkpoint. Collectively, they coordinate efforts to promote distorted and one-sided information about academic freedom legislation to the public.

Yes, Casey, they’re all against you. Only the Discoveroids are left to champion the “truth” that is to be found in the so-called “theory” of Intelligent Design. Life is tough, Casey.

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One response to “Discovery Institute — Delusional in Seattle

  1. “Brilliant, Casey! Now you’re attacking the media because they don’t always see things your way. That’s never been a winning tactic, but we hope you continue with it.”

    Mr. Luskin would do well to study the works of another Kool Aid Drinker, Noam Chomsky, much of whose oeuvre is devoted to the perverse refusal of the ‘media’ to see things precisely as he would like them to be seen.