The more specific they get, the better we like it. Who? You know — 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).
We have a new post by Casey Luskin, our favorite creationist. He seems to be the only Discoveroid who isn’t a “fellow,” so a couple of years ago your Curmudgeon compassionately remedied that cruel insult (see: Casey Luskin Is Named a Curmudgeon Fellow).
Casey’s post is What Are the Top Three Flaws in Darwinian Evolution, as Taught Today in Public Schools? After all the research the Discoveroids have been doing, we know you’re interested in learning about Casey’s top three, so here are some excerpts from his most informative post, with bold font added by us and his links omitted:
We often receive e-mails from students seeking information on evolution.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Who’s going to seek information from the Discoveroids? Well, maybe it’s students from Ace Online Bible College. What information are they looking for? Casey tells us:
Recently a university student posed this question: “What are the top three flaws in evolutionary theory being taught in public schools today?”
The top three? One significant flaw would be sufficient, but still, it’s an interesting question. Here’s Casey’s response:
Unfortunately most public schools do NOT teach about the flaws in evolutionary theory. Instead, they censor this information, hiding from students all of the science that challenges Darwinian evolution.
Yeah, yeah. It’s all a giant conspiracy. Let’s get to the good stuff. What are Casey’s three flaws that the Darwinists are censoring? This is the stuff their “academic freedom” laws will unleash on the public schools. Here we go:
(1) Tell students that the fossil record often lacks transitional forms and that there are “explosions” of new life forms, a pattern of radiations that challenges Darwinian evolutionary theory.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, the fossil record is incomplete, and it always will be. Darwin recognized this and explained it in Origin of Species, Chapter 9. Not every dead animal fossilizes, those that do are difficult to find, they may not be in the precise location of their ancestors, and the geological record is often chaotic. Nevertheless, a large number of rather striking transitionals have been found (see List of transitional fossils), and only a few would be sufficient to support the theory. Casey’s “flaw” should be flipped around: Hey Casey — how do you account for the existence of any transitional fossils?
As for Casey’s “explosions,” he is surely referring to the Discoveroids’ favorite, the so-called Cambrian explosion. That was a period of roughly 50 million years, during which the simple organisms then alive had time to pass through literally billions of generations. We’ve discussed that in The Mystery of the Cambrian “Explosion”.
We continue now to Casey’s second flaw:
(2) Tell students that many scientists have challenged the ability of random mutation and natural selection to produce complex biological features.
That’s a flaw? Casey links to the Discoveroids’ sad little list who signed their Scientific Dissent From Darwinism.. We’ve discussed it here: NCSE’s “Project Steve” Now Has 1,200 Steves. On with Casey’s miraculous list:
(3) Tell students that many lines of evidence for Darwinian evolution and common descent are weak …
Then he gives examples of a few “weak” ones, including — get this! — Haeckel’s Embryo Drawings. Somehow, Casey neglected to mention the existence of supertanker-loads of strong evidence supporting evolution.
So that’s Casey’s advice to a student who sought it. As we said at the start of this post, the more specific the Discoveroids get, the better we like it. Stay the course, Casey!
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