Superman Joins the Discovery Institute

The Discoveroids have a long history of retroactively recruiting dead people, in order to add their prestige to what’s going on in the Discoveroids’ Seattle ministry. When they began their macabre membership drive, it was originally limited to Thomas Jefferson. See Thomas Jefferson Joins The Discovery Institute!

But then they became emboldened and embarked on an active campaign of recruiting dead people. See, for example, Discoveroids Adopt Alfred Wallace as Godfather, and then Discovery Institute Snatches Another Corpse (Jean-Jacques Rousseau), and then they really got carried away when Charles Darwin Joins the Discovery Institute. Their most recent grave robbery was described here: Invasion of the Discoveroid Body Snatchers (James Clerk Maxwell).

But now they’ve gone beyond adopting stiffs. Today’s article by David Klinghoffer is the first time we can remember that they’ve attempted to recruit a comic book character. Klinghoffer’s latest is In Man of Steel, Superman Is Pursued by Darwinian Bad Guys.

There’s not much to this one. Klinghoffer hasn’t seen the movie and neither have we. Apparently, he’s relying on some advance information in the form of a video clip. Here are a few excerpts, with bold font added by us:

Among other points of interest: the bad guys, pursuing Kal-El a/k/a Clark Kent to Earth, are animated in the film’s telling by an eerily Darwinian philosophy.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Assuming that’s a theme of the movie, the Discoveroids are so desperate that they’re using a Hollywood script writer’s understanding of science as evidence in favor of intelligent design! Klinghoffer also says, based on the video clip embedded in his article:

In one clip, chief bad guy General Zod confronts Superman’s birth father Jor-El and calls on him to join in a campaign against the “degenerative bloodlines that led us to this state.” Later, in a duel with planet Krypton’s assassin sent to wipe him out, Superman gets knocked around, which prompts the villainess to observe that he is weak: “The fact that you possess a sense of morality, and we do not, gives us an evolutionary advantage. And if history has proven anything, it is that evolution always wins.”

It’s really difficult to believe, but Klinghoffer is seriously quoting the raving of villains in a movie about a comic-book character. In his last paragraph, he uses that powerful evidence to lecture us on the evils of evolution:

The only problem with her analysis is that evolution, in the presumed Darwinian sense here, “always wins” by discarding things that don’t give an “evolutionary advantage.” That would seem to include the exquisitely tuned conscience with which human beings are gifted — what advantage does that confer? — the existence of which, as we know well, poses one of many enigmas that a Darwinian view is helpless in explaining.

So there you are, dear reader. In the movie, Darwin motivates the villains (maybe). Not only that, but Darwin’s pitiful theory can’t explain Superman’s niceness. That proves intelligent design is the superior theory.

Hey, we just had another thought — the Discoveroids can add this movie to their growing collection of peer-reviewed literature.

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17 responses to “Superman Joins the Discovery Institute

  1. Adopting dead people to their cause?

    Mormons baptize the dead, to provide salvation for those who couldn’t get it in life.

    Is the Discovery Institute a rebel cult offshoot of Mormonism?

  2. (Mormons teach evolution in their science classes, too; if Mormons took offense, they’d have to form a rebel group outside the church. Is there a Discovery Institute field office in Colorado City?)

  3. So who’s image was Superman created in? Clearly he’s a much superior design to mere humans.

    Leave it to the creators of a comic book theory to bring in comic book characters to make their point – whatever it might be.

  4. The Man of Steel scriptwriter would seem to rely on cliches about “evolutionists” being cold, insensitive and war-mongering. We all know where Hitler got his inspiration, right? Or at least the creationists have told us. Repeatedly.

    If Klinghoffer wants to pursue a new career as a science fiction reviewer, he ought to check out the already-classic Babylon 5 series of the nineties. Main plot: The more recent races to emerge in the galaxy, including humanity, are caught up in an ancient struggle between two super-advanced elder races that use everybody else as pawns. The sometimes angel-like Vorlons believe progress is achieved through order and discipline, whereas the dark and sinister Shadows create war and chaos because they want to advance (yes, you guessed it!) evolution. The Darwinians are the bad guys! Even if they are a million years older than Darwin.

    Well, this is a simplfication. Klinghoffer would be disappointed to find that the resolution does not involve the resounding defeat of the Darwinist Shadows; eventually the protagonists decide that BOTH of the meddling elder races should get the hell out of the galaxy and leave everybody else alone.

    The Vorlons were fascist rather than “good”. Somewhat like certain religiously inspired right-wingers who also tend to be creationists, you know.

  5. One minor point. Didn’t the DI recently complain about people who make comments about a book which hasn’t yet been published?

  6. Ralph C. Groomden

    They also got their deep understanding of SETI from watching the movie “Contact”.

  7. anevilmeme

    If this is what the DI is reduced to doing maybe things are going better than we thought.

  8. @anevilmeme – see confirmation of your hypothesis in another recent posting by K:

    We Know that Stephen King Endorses “Intelligent Design,” but Why?

    Hat tip to Thoughts in a Haystack, John Pieret’s blog.

  9. anevilmeme says: “If this is what the DI is reduced to doing maybe things are going better than we thought.”

    As with everything else, they haven’t thought this one through. Superman and his super powers were intelligently designed. That’s why he’s like nothing on Earth. We’re the product of evolution, so we don’t have super powers.

    Besides, as long as the Discoveroids keep their hands off Wonder Woman, they’ll be okay. If she ever showed up at their dingy Seattle headquarters, she’d really kick some creationist butt.

  10. docbill1351

    As I recall in Babylon 5 it was the “Old One” who grabbed the Vorlons and Shadows by the scruff of their necks and said, “Come on you two knuckleheads, let’s get out of here.” And they went off to start a new universe.

    The Tooters also conscripted chemist Leslie Orgel after he died and tried to make out like he agreed with or was dumbfounded by “irreducible complexity” which is completely false. I actually met Orgel once and heard him lecture on the chemical origin of cyclic reactions. True, one removes a step in certain cyclic reactions as they exist today and the cycle is interrupted, however, that does not preclude a stepwise series of precursor reactions leading to the current (final) reaction.

    The Gerb his own self got mixed up in a science thread discussion about Orgel’s work on cyclic reactions and tried to throw in a little Behe horse apple nonsense and got his head and ass handed to him such that his final comment was that he’d love to discuss it more, but he had more pressing work to attend to. “Pressing work,” he meant ironing.

    Finally, it’s not surprising, in fact, it’s expected that an organization that spins fiction and propaganda as a means to keep the gravy train on the tracks would rely upon fictional characters engaging in fictional dialog as supporting, well, their fiction. Hey, it’s turtles all the way down!

  11. Robert Carnegie

    Versions of the Superman story differ as to how people on Superman’s planet reproduced. I don’t know if it specifically includes genetic engineering. But several of them include an expectation by his parents that Superman will dominate the humans because of his physical and mental superiority to humans. That’s why Earth was chosen as his destination. (The Martian Manhunter would kick his ass.) That’s design-y. He is also super-empowered by yellow sunlight, but presumably so could we be if we evolved that faculty (photosynthesis?) And usually the rocket is also programmed to teach him to beome ruler of the world. That he doesn’t may be only because the indoctrination was interrupted in most versions

    In reality, an introduced species may displace those that previously thrived in a territory, so, Zod had a point.

    However, remarking that conscience is “one of many enigmas that a Darwinian view is helpless in explaining” indicates that Klinghoffer also hasn’t gotten around to reading – for instance – [The God Delusion], where the question is addressed. (I just got around to it myself.) Or, if he did read it, he, uh, didn’t like it.

  12. Ed writes: “So who’s image was Superman created in? Clearly he’s a much superior design to mere humans.”

    Moses, in part.

  13. Di you say Moses? 😉

  14. Cheryl Shepherd-Adams

    “So who’s image was Superman created in? Clearly he’s a much superior design to mere humans.”


    Or, arguably, created in the image of Thor.

    Hey, movie releases this summer don’t have much in the way of strong female protagonists or complex plots, so we women have to content ourselves with something!

  15. retiredsciguy

    @Cheryl Shepherd-Adams — How did you get a photo of me to post as Thor??

  16. Cheryl Shepherd-Adams

    @retiredsciguy Your wife sent it to me, she’s a lucky woman!

  17. Ironically, my first exposure to the concept of Evolution was in comics. Also, comics support Old Earth geology and Big Bang. So maybe it’s a bad idea to call Superman a creationist when he’s actually gone back in time to see these processes at work.