Every now and then we get a truly revealing post 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).
It rarely gets more revealing than this one that just appeared on the Discoveroids’ blog: Sunset on Mars. It’s wonderfully brief, so no one will get lost in their verbiage.
First they display the NASA photo which we’ve reproduced above. It came from an earlier rover, not the one that just landed. We took ours from here at the NASA website, the same place the Discoveroids got theirs. Below that they copy what the NASA site says about the image:
On May 19, 2005, NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit captured this stunning view as the Sun sank below the rim of Gusev crater on Mars. This Panoramic Camera mosaic was taken around 6:07 in the evening of the rover’s 489th Martian day, or sol.
The only other thing in their post is a link to one of their recent articles, strangely captioned “With apologies to Curiosity.” We previously posted this about their linked article: Discoveroids React to the Martian Landing.
That’s it. That’s the whole Discoveroid post. Oh, wait — under the photo where they properly credit NASA, they also say:
No relevance to evolution, though, in all likelihood.
Ooooooh! What’s that all about? They posted one picture, that cryptic line, and one sneering link. What are they trying to say?
And there’s one more thing — the Discoveroid post has no individual author’s name. It’s attributed to the whole creationist shop. Their earlier post to which they linked was by Klinghoffer, who ranted about the “particular worldview” of what he calls “Big Science” (his capitalization), and also about JPL’s (and presumably NASA’s) “seething bias against intelligent design we’ve documented here at great length in the context of the David Coppedge case.” Klinghoffer also said:
Broadly speaking, they sent Curiosity to Mars in an effort, however doomed, to refute intelligent design.
By having their new post (by all of them) refer back to Klinghoffer’s post, they’re clearly adopting his rant as Discoveroid dogma. We like the way they refer to Big Science, in much the same way the political left speaks of Big Business and Big Oil, and the political right speaks of Big Labor and Big Government. The Discoveroids have created their own little world with Big Science as their bogeyman.
Observe, dear reader, how the Discoveroids’ starkly simple post reveals their absolute hatred for science — not just evolution, but all of it. That picture of a Martian sunset represents a glorious technological achievement — and they hate it. They sneer at it. They spit upon it. Their hatred is all the more intense because that picture comes from the kind of people who “discriminated” against Coppedge and intelligent design! What motivates the Discoveroids?
We can, if we try, understand the motives of the churchmen who prosecuted Galileo for heresy almost 400 years ago (see the Galileo affair). They were trying to hold on to their power, so they foolishly tried to suppress knowledge of the solar system because it contradicted their teachings. But what are the Discoveroids doing? They have no power to protect.
As you know, the Discoveroids’ goals are spelled out in their wedge strategy — which declares that their purpose is “To replace materialistic explanations with the theistic understanding that nature and human beings are created by God.” It specifically says:
Design theory promises to reverse the stifling dominance of the materialist worldview, and to replace it with a science consonant with Christian and theistic convictions.
Discovery Institute’s Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture seeks nothing less than the overthrow of materialism and its cultural legacies. … [T]he Center explores how new developments in biology, physics and cognitive science raise serious doubts about scientific materialism and have re-opened the case for a broadly theistic understanding of nature.
So in their own weird way, the Discoveroids aren’t interested in power. Their opposition to Darwin’s theory is just one small aspect of their much larger goal — the destruction of science itself and the discipline of reason upon which it relies. That’s why, when we started this humble blog, we said they’re Enemies of the Enlightenment.
If the Discoveroids were ever to succeed in their endeavors and the world reverts to pre-scientific ignorance — what would they accomplish? They wouldn’t (like the Inquisition) perfect their grip on power because they have none, and that crew in Seattle is unlikely to ever achieve any. So what else drives them? That’s difficult to say, because their motives aren’t like anything we usually encounter.
The best we can come up with is that they’re driven by a raw hatred of reality — they don’t like it, they don’t want to understand it, and they don’t want anyone else to understand it. Thus their sneer at NASA’s photo of the Martian sunset. It’s quite symbolic, really.
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