We’ve already posted a couple of times about a Newly Discovered Habitable Extra-Solar Planet, most recently here: Newfound Extra-Solar Planet: No Chance for Life. That second post was about the Institute for Creation Research’s claim that “the chances of life on planet Gliese 581g have to be zero.”
Now, to our delight, we have another creationist reaction, this one 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).
At the Discoveroid blog we read Darwinian Assumptions Leave “No Doubt” About Extraterrestrial Life. It’s by Casey Luskin, everyone’s favorite creationist. Casey says, with bold font added by us:
FoxNews recently published two articles (see here and here) about extrasolar planets and extraterrestrial life. Although skepticism is supposed to be a hallmark of science, one evolutionary scientist quoted, Steven Vogt, boasts that he has “no doubt” that there is life on this newly discovered extrasolar planet:
We know. We mentioned Vogt’s opinion in our earlier post. This is Casey’s quote of what Vogt said:
“Personally, given the ubiquity and propensity of life to flourish wherever it can, I would say, my own personal feeling is that the chances of life on this planet are 100 percent,” said Steven Vogt, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, during a press briefing today. “I have almost no doubt about it.”
Okay, that’s Vogt’s personal view. So what? Let’s read on to see what Casey makes of it:
Let me make sure I understand this right. Dr. Vogt has “no doubt” that life evolves and exists elsewhere because he knows that it evolves and exists elsewhere. That’s Darwinian logic for you.
Oh dear, Casey seems so … judgmental! The lad should learn to be more tolerant of others’ opinions. Doesn’t he believe in — well, you know — academic freedom, that blessed condition the Discoveroids are always fussing about? He wouldn’t want to be thought guilty of — gasp! — viewpoint discrimination, would he?
The theory of intelligent design certainly has no problem with the possibility of extraterrestrial life, but let’s at least make sure that we’re treating this issue scientifically.
By all means, Casey — let’s treat it scientifically. [Irony meters can be heard shattering everywhere.] Here’s more:
Vogt’s logic seems to confirm what Michael Behe wrote in The Edge of Evolution:
Ah, Michael Behe. His colleagues at Lehigh are so impressed by his brilliance that they have publicly disassociated themselves from him by issuing this statement: Department Position on Evolution and “Intelligent Design”. Now we’ll see how a real scientist thinks. Here’s Casey’s quote from Behe, with which he ends his blog article:
[B]y default, most biologists work within a Darwinian framework and simply assume what cannot be demonstrated. Unfortunately this can lead to the understandable but nonetheless corrosive intellectual habit of forgetting the difference between what is assumed and what demonstrated.
If there were any intact irony meters after Casey’s earlier remark, Behe’s words have destroyed them all, beyond repair.
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