We have a great lesson in pseudo-scientific propaganda today 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).
As we reported yesterday, in Discovery Institute Celebrates Its Cult Founding, the Discoveroids are reveling in the 20-year anniversary of the publication of Phillip Johnson’s Darwin on Trial, which spawned the cult of intelligent design. Their bizarre movement has accomplished nothing in science, but they’ve managed to attract some very generous patrons who contribute to their operation, so they’re all making a good living slinging the ol’ mumbo-jumbo.
Except for a free ride at the expense of their patrons, what do they have to show for their efforts? Zero! We discussed that almost two years ago in Discovery Institute’s Recap: $20 Million For This?
Nevertheless, they need to put on a good show. Why? They know they’ll never impress the science community, and their record of success in the courtroom is non-existent. (They sometimes extract settlements when they sue for “viewpoint discrimination,” but no such case has ever resulted in a legal precedent in their favor.) So who are they trying to impress by putting on a show?
They have a few constituent groups. First (and most important) are their patrons, who probably don’t understand science, but they like to see that they’re getting some action for their contributions. Second, there are journalists who know nothing about science, but who need a “credible” source of creationist information they can easily obtain from the internet, to give their articles “balance.” And third, the Discoveroids have a large network of useful idiots in “public interest” groups named “Family” something-or-other. Such activists can apply political pressure on creationist idiots in various legislatures and on school boards.
So it’s for those constituent groups that the Discoveroids are putting on a big show about the 20-year anniversary of their cult’s founding literature. But bear in mind what’s not being celebrated. They have no scientific data to either refute the theory of evolution or to support their “theory” about a magic designer. Under these embarrassing circumstances, having nothing to brag about, what kind of show can they make?
That’s easy. When you have nothing else going for you, launch a flashy website. It won’t impress anyone who knows what’s going on, but the Discoveroids aren’t worried about that. So here’s the hot news at the Discoveroid blog: New Website Celebrates Darwin on Trial in Its 20th Anniversary.
Exciting, huh? Here’s one brief excerpt, with bold font added by us and their links omitted:
There’s a really nice looking new 20th Anniversary edition of Phillip Johnson’s seminal ID text out from InterVarsity Press. Reading or rereading Darwin on Trial is the most fitting way to honor the book that, more than any other, is responsible for lighting the fire that became the modern scientific critique of neo-Darwinism with its matched scientific alternative to evolutionary orthodoxy: intelligent design. But don’t stop there. We also announce the launch of a rich new website with articles by UC Berkeley legal scholar Johnson, his lectures (as above), articles about the book, a biography and other helpful resources.
So there you are, dear reader. Now you know how to celebrate twenty years of nothingness. Hey — that gives us an idea. In 2014, only three years from now, it’ll be the 40th anniversary of the publication of The Bermuda Triangle. Wow! We have plans to make!
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