Discovery Institute: Flatfish Fever!

WE CAN’T HELP IT. Casey Luskin is still our favorite of all the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids). Check this out and you’ll understand why: National Geographic Finds Opportunity to Conflate Intelligent Design with Creationism while Misreporting Fish Fossil.

There’s enough nonsense in that single rant to keep us busy for a week, but it’s not worth the effort, so we’ll skim through it for you to highlight the exceptionally funny parts.

First, as you’ve guessed from the title, the Discoveroids are all in a dither over the recent fossil find showing some transitional steps leading to today’s flatfish. For example, see this in Nature: The eyes have it: Fossilized flatfish settle evolutionary conundrum.

As we’ve mentioned before, the discovery of even one transitional form is sufficient to blow away the fantasies of creationists who assert that each new “kind” is a special, supernatural creation. As increasing numbers of newly-unearthed transitionals are found, the creationists are being driven to ever-escalating levels of madness, including denial, accusations of fraud, rants about the evils of “materialism,” and — most recently — claims that all of this science stuff somehow leads to Hitler.

It’s quite amusing, but it’s also quite sad. The significance of their Discoveroid Delusional Syndrome is this: Those people want to “educate” your kids to be just as crazed as they are. After they’ve created a generation of lunatics who are incapable of rational thought, they will then resume burning witches. It’s gonna be like the good old days!

We’re serious because they’re serious; and that’s what this blog is all about. In the struggle against Luddism, reason is the best defense.

But let’s get back to the Discoveroid article. We’ll ignore Casey’s criticisms of the flatfish fossils. His thoughts — if that’s what they are — really don’t matter. What amuses us most about Casey’s article is his wild denial of something else — his everyday life as a Discoveroid. He’s all upset that an article about the flatfish fossils in National Geographic “misrepresents intelligent design by conflating it with creationism …”

This is fun. Here are some excerpts:

First, NG [that’s National Geographic] claims that ID [that’s Intelligent Design] refers to “God or another higher being,” but NG ignores the fact that intelligent design does not try to address religious questions about the identity of the designer. While ID proponents may have their own individual personal views about the identity of the designer, the theory of ID itself does not identify the designer.

Casey, Casey … this is so tiresome. Stop the silly masquerade. Everyone knows what you Discoveroids are all about. Every creationist in Louisiana is jumping all over your list of creationism books as a result of their newly legislated “freedom” to teach superstition as science. They’re not fooled by your transparently false denials. They’re looking for creationism, and you’re selling it. The whole world knows it, so why do you continue to deny it? Oh, right — there’s that First Amendment thing. You imagine that what every uneducated creationist immediately grasps will somehow fool the entire Federal judiciary. Okay. Dream on; that’s what creationists do best.

We’ll skip the next of Casey’s objections to being called a creationist (it’s too boring) and we’ll get to his third:

Third, NG apparently did not care about the fact that flatfish have never been an “intelligent design argument.” Instead, NG refers its readers to two creationist sources–and zero ID-sources–discussing the flatfish. One source is a staff member of the notoriously young earth creationist Institute of Creation Research (a group that has, at times, been critical of intelligent design).

Casey, you Discoveroids are a creationist source! Just like the others. All that distinguishes you from the creationists at the Institute for Creation Research is that you Discoveroids are intentionally sneaky about using the “G-word,” in the hope of bypassing the constitutional safeguard against theocracy. The boys at ICR are quite honest and straightforward about their faith-based creation “science.”

Anyway, that’s all we’re going to say about Casey’s latest rant. The fossil evidence of flatfish evolution speaks more eloquently than all the Discoveroid talking points, so we’ll let the matter rest.

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5 responses to “Discovery Institute: Flatfish Fever!

  1. I often stop by here to lurk. Please keep up the good work.

    Of course the Discovery Institute is a Christian creationist organization, and of course they’re all professional liars. Also, they know they’re liars.

    Despite their extremely obvious dishonesty, their customers, the Christian creationists, think the Discovery Institute is wonderful, and they appreciate the Discovery Institute’s help when they attack science education.

    I look forward to the eventual trial in Louisiana. Of course the creationists will lose. I hope the trial is very expensive for their taxpayers so creationists in other states will understand how much it’s going to cost them to stick religious ideas into biology classes.

  2. The Curmudgeon

    Thanks. I intend to persevere.

    Regarding the Discoveroids, I suspect that one or two of them are so ignorant that they really do think ID is science. Stalin recognized the existence of “useful idiots,” and I guess the Discoveroids do too.

    Correction: The term is attributed to Lenin. Useful idiots.

  3. You’re doing a hell of a job TC, keep it up.

    Luskin is a never ending source of terrible logic, worse research and intensely side splitting but fully unintended humor.

    I still have no idea why he is still in the DI lineup, considering every swing is a miss. He fans more than a hot geisha.

  4. The Curmudgeon

    If that’s you, tundra boy, you are most welcome here.

  5. Tundra boy? Tundra boy? I’ll have you know, we actually saw grass under the snow yesterday.

    The dogs went crazy, they had no idea what to do with it – until I taught them – by example.