How many famous pairs of people can you think of? We’re not talking about romance or even historical reality. We mean working pairs whose names are always spoken of together — couples like Bonnie & Clyde, Butch & Sundance, Sacco and Vanzetti, Antony & Cleopatra, Orville & Wilbur, Batman & Robin, Leopold & Loeb, Dagwood & Blondie, Bill and Hillary, the Lone Ranger & Tonto …
Now we can add to that illustrious list because we have identified another coupling. We found it among 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).
Yes, you’ve guessed it. We’re talking about Casey & Klinghoffer. Think about it — even the juxtaposition of their names even has a certain ring to it. Casey, as you know, has suddenly risen to academic fame as one of the co-authors of a new creation science book. We first wrote about it here: Discovery Institute: Casey’s New Book!
And you all know about David Klinghoffer, whose creationist oeuvre we last described here, and upon whom the Discoveroids have bestowed the exalted title of “senior fellow” — i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist. His name has some of the resonance of Red Skelton’s Clem Kadiddlehopper.
We suspect that their names shall henceforth be forever linked, professionally. It’s because of this new post at the Discoveroids’ blog: In Science and Human Origins, Casey Luskin Reveals the “Big Bang” of Human Evolution.
This is beautiful, really. Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid senior fellow, praises Casey’s book. Casey is a Discoveroid, as are the book’s other co-authors. And the book is, of course, published by the Discovery Institute Press. Further, the news of this appears at the Discoveroids’ blog. As they say in creationist circles, what are the odds of all those things coming together as the result of blind, undirected, randomness? There is meaning here — deep meaning.
But now that we’ve told you about Klinghoffer’s post, there’s not much else to say. The best we can do is select a segment or two that we find particularly noteworthy. After that you’re on your own. Okay, here we go, with bold font added by us:
Luskin’s chapter is in some ways the centerpiece of Science and Human Origins. His subject is paleoanthropology and the mystery of the “Big Bang” in human evolution, a term that aptly describes the emergence of our genus Homo some two million years ago, preceded by ape-like australopithecine predecessors that may or may not be our ancestors.
Ooooooh! Casey’s chapter is the centerpiece. Let’s read on:
Luskin has done the hard work of gathering for a non-specialist readership what the specialists in the subject actually say. In fact, he writes, “the fossil evidence for human evolution remains fragmentary, hard to decipher, and hotly debated.”
Ooooooh! Casey has done the hard work. We continue:
Casey Luskin is telling a story that was already told by anthropologists, though the media and scientists themselves, when they speak for public consumption, labor to obscure this.
Ooooooh! Casey is too important to do his own research. He’s rehashing the work of others. Truly, he’s a great Discoveroid!
There’s not much else to Klinghoffer’s review. This makes … what? … about seven or eight posts about Casey’s book that have appeared at the Discoveroid blog? Maybe ten? We’ve lost track. Anyway, this one is notable for the extra-ordinary intellectual compatibility of personalities, and if you click over there you should find it profoundly satisfying at that level. We certainly did.
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