It was only three days ago that we posted Discovery Institute Rediscovers Alfred Wallace. At the time we said:
So what’s the Discoveroids’ purpose in bringing attention to Wallace? Are they claiming that Wallace — were he alive today — would be a devoted Discoveroid? … We suspect the Discoveroids don’t know where they’re going with Wallace, which isn’t surprising.
It appears that your Curmudgeon misjudged 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).
They do know where they’re going with Wallace. Two new postings at the Discoveroid blog make it clear that they’ve adopted Wallace as their mythical ancestor. He is now their intellectual founder and progenitor. Apparently their contemporary leading lights don’t provide them with enough prestige. We’ll give you some excerpts from both of their posts, with bold added by us.
The first is New Book Shows How Evolution’s Co-Discoverer Rejected Darwinism, Embraced Intelligent Design, which has no author’s name. It’s the collective view of the entire Discoveroid staff. That post discusses the same book by Flannery (a Discoveroid “fellow”) as their post by Klinghoffer that we discussed a few days ago, and there’s not much new here. But this one, being a Discoveroid “institutional” article, is intended to be more authoritative than something by Klinghoffer alone. Here’s what we find in it that’s worth mentioning:
Critics of ID frequently attack the theory as a “science stopper.” Flannery shows that on the contrary, it was Alfred Wallace’s commitment to open inquiry that led him to the conclusion that far from being random and undirected, as Darwin insisted, evolution manifests scientifically detectable evidence of intelligent guidance. Biology, Flannery argues, is in the process of catching up with the prescient Wallace.
Right. Biology is catching up with “the prescient Wallace” and his ludicrous spiritualism. The only other item worthy of mention here is the last sentence — which isn’t true at all, but it’s consistent with Discoveroid propaganda
Unlike Darwin, Wallace was also a vocal opponent of pseudo-scientific racism and eugenics.
If you’re not aware of how outrageously false that is, see: Racism, Eugenics, and Darwin.
Now we turn to the second Discoveroid post of the day, which totally confirms their embrace of Wallace: A One Hundred Year-Old Challenge. This one is by Flannery, the Discoveroid “fellow” whose book about Wallace has triggered the Discoveroid metamorphosis into a mystical cult — Wallace-ism. He begins with this:
Alfred Russel Wallace Issues Fighting Words to Materialists in 1910: “Nothing in evolution can account for the soul [or mind] of man. The difference between man and the other animals is unbridgeable.”
Note Flannery’s sly editorial alteration, an attempt to equate the soul and the mind. Let’s read on:
Wallace made the above declaration in an interview … in December of 1910.
As we pointed out three days ago, Wallace was then 87 years old, and Darwin was long gone, having died in 1882. But no refutation by Darwin was needed. Wallace had long since marginalized himself by his devotion to spiritualism. Although his place as a co-discoverer of evolution by natural selection is secure, his reputation has suffered because of his devotion to unscientific fantasies. We continue with Flannery’s article:
Much to the chagrin of Charles Darwin, this co-discoverer of natural selection had suggested as much even earlier in the April 1869 issue of The Quarterly Review. Despite maintaining cordial relations, this “heresy” would create a great divide between the two naturalists, and Darwin’s disciples have been searching for an answer to Wallace ever since.
Nice propaganda, but Darwin doesn’t have “disciples,” and scientists haven’t been “searching for an answer to Wallace.” Science has simply ignored Wallace’s un-evidenced phantasms. Flannery then has a few paragraphs attempting to defend the ancient and inherently silly mind-body dichotomy (the mind is magic, doncha know?) and then he says:
Some might argue that this is just a gap argument, after all, elusive answers to the human mind via Darwinian mechanisms is no reason to assume they might not be found in the future. Perhaps this would hold up if Darwin’s critics had no better solution to the question, but there is an alternative, and moreover, it has an overwhelming body of experiential evidence on its behalf, namely, that specified complexity only arises from intelligent agency.
You knew that was coming. The “mystery” of the mind is one of the classic arguments of mystics throughout history. One of the earliest articles we wrote for this humble blog was: Discovery Institute Revives Mind-Body Dualism.
So now the Discoveroids have finally discovered a quasi-respectable founder to whom they can point as authority for their mystical “theory” of intelligent design. Poor old Alfred Wallace — he had his flaws, but he doesn’t deserve this fate.
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