WE have thrilling news from the blog of the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids). They announce: A Mathematician Looks at Darwin’s Theory and Discovers It Doesn’t Add Up. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
“Darwin’s attempt to explain the origins of all the magnificent species in the living world in terms of the struggle for survival is easily the dumbest idea ever taken seriously by science,” writes Dr. Granville Sewell in his new book In the Beginning and Other Essays on Intelligent Design published by Discovery Institute Press.
With a quality publisher like Discovery Institute Press, we can be certain that this new work is a major scientific milestone. To the great credit of the courageous publisher, the author wasn’t Expelled because of his anti-Darwinist views.
Here’s the Amazon listing for the book. The date of publication is given as February 15, 2010, almost three weeks from now, but although the list price is $14.96, the offering price is $10.76.
There are no customer reviews yet, but this is the “product description,” presumably provided by the publisher:
In this wide-ranging collection of essays on origins, mathematician Granville Sewell looks at the big bang, the fine-tuning of the laws of physics, and the evolution of life. He concludes that while there is much in the history of life that seems to suggest natural causes, there is nothing to support Charles Darwin’s idea that natural selection of random variations can explain major evolutionary advances (“easily the dumbest idea ever taken seriously by science,” he calls it).
Sewell explains why evolution is a fundamentally different and much more difficult problem than others solved by science, and why increasing numbers of scientists are now recognizing what has long been obvious to the layman, that there is no explanation possible without design. This book summarizes many of the traditional arguments for intelligent design, but presents some powerful new arguments as well.
Let’s leave Amazon and read one more excerpt from the Discoveroid blog:
“In The Beginning provides delightful and wide-ranging commentary on the origins debate and intelligent design,” says biophysicist Dr. Cornelius Hunter. “Sewell provides much needed clarity on topics that are too often misunderstood, like his discussion of the commonly confused problem of entropy, which is a must read.”
Naturally we checked out Cornelius Hunter. Wikipedia says:
Cornelius G. Hunter, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor of biophysics at Biola University and is a proponent of intelligent design. Hunter is a Fellow of the Discovery Institute, hub of the intelligent design movement.
So it’s a Discoveroid reviewer praising the work of a creationist book published by the Discoveroids. How very incestuous. Oh, Biola University was originally named Bible Institute Of Los Angeles.
So there you are. We suspect that this outstanding new book offered by a prestigious publisher will soon find its way into Louisiana science classes in the form of “supplementary material” authorized by their new creationism law.
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