The Discovery Institute may have actually discovered something — a shortcut to their goal of ending science and returning humanity to the darkness. (For more on that goal, see Discovery Institute: Enemies of the Enlightenment.)
Their latest post, in which this new discovery is announced, was written by Michael Egnor (that’s his entry in the Encyclopedia of American Loons), and the title of his article is No Controversy? No Funding.
After starting with a rant about Ohio State evolutionary biologist Steve Rissing, who dared to say that “There are no valid scientific data challenging macroevolution,” Egnor announces his solution to this heretical problem. No, his solution isn’t to produce the data that will shut Rissing up. Nor does he mention the embarrassing fact that he has no such data. Instead, he’s found a way to work around that problem. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Rissing insists that “there are no valid scientific data challenging macroevolution.” Since we’ve been studying macroevolution since 1859, it is reasonable to infer that Dr. Rissing believes that no such valid data will be forthcoming. Why then are we wasting public money on macroevolution research?
Stunning, isn’t it? Was the anti-science mentality of the Discoveroids ever expressed more clearly? But Egnor pretends to be fair. He imagines an objection to his “no more research” mandate:
“Oh,” you may say, “there is no data challenging macroevolution, but there is much to learn about the details.”
Fair enough. Here’s his response to that objection:
“But,” I reply, “if macroevolution is a fact, like heliocentrism or Newtonian gravitation, we shouldn’t fund research in it at all. The National Science Foundation doesn’t fund heliocentrism research, not even about the details of heliocentrism (is the sun in the exact center, or are the orbits ellipses?), nor does it fund Newtonian gravity research (are we sure it’s an inverse square law, not an inverse cube?). The government funds no research on any of the “unchallenged” facts taught in high school science classes — the gross anatomy of the heart, Newton’s Second Law, the charge on the electron, the chemical formula of methane, etc.
In effect, Egnor is saying: “You people already know enough. It’s time you quit doing research. Shut down your labs!” Next, he states that explicitly:
Research funding is in short supply. The government doesn’t fund any research on any topic that is uncontroversial — any topic for which there are no valid data that challenge it. Funding should be directed at controversies, open questions, not settled facts.
Isn’t that great? Unless we’re willing to acknowledge (and teach) that there’s a scientific controversy about Oogity Boogity — oops, that wasn’t precise, we mean the “theory” of the intelligent designer (blessed be he!) — then there should be no more scientific research. Egnor finishes by jumping up and down and beating his chest triumphantly, like one of our ape-like ancestors:
A straightforward remedy for these Darwinist true believers is to defund research on their “unchallenged” theories. Lets fund research about topics that we can debate. If there isn’t any controversy, why is there any funding?
So there you are. Egnor thinks he has found a way to swiftly bring an end to science, thus ushering in a new Dark Age in which the Discoveroids will feel right at home. All he needs to do now is convince people like the National Science Foundation to take him seriously.
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