OUR last post on this topic was Where Is the Discovery Institute? At that time we literally couldn’t locate the headquarters of the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids).
We had found an apparent problem with the address given in the Contact page at the Discoveroid website. There we were informed: “Discovery Institute main offices are located in the Marion Building in downtown Seattle.” The address given is 208 Columbia Street, Seattle, WA 98104.
But that seemed to be contradicted by a post dated 15 November 2007, at the personal blog of Discoveroid founder and Overlord, Bruce Chapman: Think Tank Moving Up by Moving Downtown. Chapman’s post includes a photograph of an attractive building which readers are led to assume is a picture of the Discoveroids’ new digs. Chapman’s picture appears at the start of our previous post, and he provided the same address as that which was given at the Discoveroid “Contact” page.
Out of curiosity, we searched the internet for independently-posted pictures of the Marion Building in Seattle. That’s when the problem appeared. The photos we found of the Marion Building were of a dingy-looking edifice, not the attractive building pictured in Chapman’s post. One such photo was dated 20 November 2007, and Chapman’s post — picturing a very different-looking building — was dated five days earlier. They were definitely two different buildings and they had different addresses. Hence the title of our original post: Where is the Discovery Institute?
Accordingly, we dispatched one of our clandestine operatives to personally investigate the situation, and this post is an abridged account of his secret mission. Our operative says:
Our operative gave us a link to the layout provided by Google Maps. The building at the corner of Columbia and 2nd Avenue is labeled “Discovery Institute.” Further along that same building’s frontage on 2nd Avenue it’s also labeled “Xplore Fitness” (presumably the gym) and then “Futurwise” (whatever that is). Continuing along 2nd Avenue there’s another building adjoining the first one, labeled “Metropolitan Grill.” Moving yet further along 2nd Avenue there’s a third adjoining building. It’s labeled “Mad Oven,” and that is at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Marion Street.
Hey, we found a review: Mad Oven BBQ. It says:
If barbecue joints are churches, then Mad Oven is a storefront chapel. The digs may not be very flashy, and the ministry may not be as popular or as well-publicized as others in the city. But the sermons (sandwiches of pulled pork, beef brisket, or hot link, all sauced appropriately) are solid enough to keep the congregants coming back.
We continue now with our intrepid operative’s report:
It would seem that the Discoveroids occupy the seedy-looking second floor (or some portion thereof) above the Metropolitan Grill in the middle section of a three-building sandwich, that section being named the Marion Building. For some unexplained reason, the Discoveroids’ entrance is in the better-looking adjacent building at the corner, which mostly houses a gym.
On with our operative’s report:
Here’s a late-arriving supplement to our operative’s report:
So there you are, dear reader. The Discoveroids occupy the second floor above a restaurant in the middle of a three-building collection, with their “official” entrance and a gym on one side and the Mad Oven barbecue on the other side. In such surroundings, the Discoveroids are toiling to remake science and society in their image.
We are grateful to our clandestine operative for a most informative report.
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