Discovery Institute & the Ship of Fools

Ship of fools

The Wikipedia entry for Ship of fools, from which we copied that print attributed to Albrecht Dürer, tells us:

The ship of fools is an allegory that has long been a fixture in Western literature and art. The allegory depicts a vessel populated by human inhabitants who are deranged, frivolous, or oblivious passengers aboard a ship without a pilot, and seemingly ignorant of their own direction.

For some reason, that’s what we thought of when we saw this new post at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog: Join Discovery Institute for an Alaskan Cruise, July 26 to August 4, and Meet the Stars of the Intelligent Design Movement!

The title says it all, so we don’t need to give you too many excerpts. But we will give you a few, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance: participate in a floating conference about intelligent design, with some of the world’s most stunning natural scenery as a backdrop. What better place and what better time — Alaska at the height of summer! — to meet the stars of Discovery Institute and learn in depth about the ultimate questions that science has ever asked: How did the universe begin? How did life arise? How did complex life develop?

Ooooooh, oooooooooh! A cruise with the world’s greatest living geniuses! Let’s read on:

Explore these subjects and much more on the first ever Discovery Institute cruise. That’s July 26 to August 4. Make your registration now!

We read those dates, paused for a moment, and then had to check today’s date. As we thought — it’s almost November. Then what … ? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! They forgot to tell us what year they’re talking about. Oh wait — it’s hidden in the graphic at the top of their post. One more excerpt:

Space is extremely limited. Reserve your room now to get the best selection and pricing!

Well, dear reader, what are you waiting for? Sign up now!

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34 responses to “Discovery Institute & the Ship of Fools

  1. For some reason the theme song to Gilligan’s Island popped into my head while reading this.

    Suggested name for this ship The Anti-Beagle.

  2. Hurry, there’s only so much room on a tugboat.

  3. The Anti-Beagle is nice, but how about The Bullship?

  4. I wouldn’t mind taking a cruise along the coast of Alaska. When this one is only half sold out the week before departure, it might be a good deal. The on-board entertainment could be hilarious.

  5. Ceteris Paribus

    DiscoTute says: “Space is extremely limited. Reserve your room now to get the best selection and pricing!”
    Best selection? Surely the DI means best design

  6. Tempting–but I’ll pass on this one: I’m saving up my dough for a first-class ticket on Hambo’s Ark.

    …Hambo’s Ark will be seaworthy, won’t it?

  7. …to meet the stars of Discovery Institute and learn in depth about the ultimate questions that science has ever asked: How did the universe begin? How did life arise? How did complex life develop?

    One sentence, two amazing claims.
    (1)The DI has stars. Are they in the entertainment business, or do they just have huge egos?

    (2) The “stars” will be answering the ultimate questions – in depth – about how the universe, life, and complex life (as opposed to simple life) originated. Until now, the have never disclosed how these things happened, so that should be interesting, and entertaining.

    If the answer is “god did it”, passengers should ask for their money back.

  8. Of course the answer is “god did it”. That’s the answer that the passengers the DI want, want.

  9. “…the untimate questions that science has never asked.” Followed by three questions science has asked. But, what’s new? The DI can’t get anything right.

  10. Hambo is floating a similar cruise. What a waste to take those separately. Somebody should negotiate a joint AiG-DiscoTute cruise!

    They could have saddled T-Rex blow-ups on the decks for photo-op sessions with Hambo, Meyers, and the other megastars of creationism.

    Imagine the hilarity of their sessions being streamed out to the world from the steaming bowels of this true ship of fools.

  11. waldteufel says: “Hambo is floating a similar cruise.”

    It seems like the thing to do. Maybe I should think about a Curmudgeon cruise. Unlike the others, I wouldn’t require a vow of abstinence. But where would the ship go? What would we do?

  12. Stephen Kennedy

    AiG and DI both taking cruises to Alaska. The creationists were probably afraid that if they cruised to a warmer local like Mexico they might be exposed to the sight of shapely women in bikinis, which due to their previously mentioned hard wiring, would get them sent to the lake of fire.

  13. SC said:

    Maybe I should think about a Curmudgeon cruise. Unlike the others, I wouldn’t require a vow of abstinence. But where would the ship go? What would we do?

    Oh, hell YEAH! To start, Pope RSG, Cardinal TA and I would do a perfect rendition of a certain skit. Then Doc Bill would do a Q & A on questions of life, the universe and everything. It would be like asking Walter questions, only funnier. Then you could do a virtual tour of your “luxurious underground LAY-er”, giving us insight, and perhaps encouragement into joining, the Curmudgeonly lifestyle!

  14. I can’t go. I’m afraid I’d give in to what would be irresistible termptation were I ever to find myself standing behind a DI member near the deck rail of a moving ship.

  15. Gary says: “Oh, hell YEAH!”

    Maybe one of those steam-driven paddle boats, cruising down the Mississippi — right through creationist territory. With big banners that proclaim: “We are kin to monkeys!” We can go all the way down to New Orleans. The boat whistles can go “Oook, oook!”

  16. If I was going to be with a bunch of dimwitted flatheads while they are inventing lies, it would be on an Alaskan Tour! I would love to see the winter coast especially since it may be gone soon.

  17. Hey Curmudugeons, we can top that!! A cruise to the Galapagos! http://www.galapagoscruise.com/?source=google

    Some serious fun and a tribute to Darwin. Attaching a Jpg of three small paintings I did earlier this year – Origin of the Species – my personal tribute to Darwin.

    Ingym

  18. I am afraid this doesn’t mean that universities won’t lend rooms to ID-creationists in the future. I guess it’s just another way of milking their followers.

  19. We should start a Kickstarter campaign to get our Curmudgeon a ticket to this cruise. It’s plain to see he has way too many functioning brain cells and could stand to lose a few million.

  20. No, the DI answer is not “God did it”. The DI answer is “Whatever happened, it didn’t involve naturalistic evolution.” (And only if you can hear dog whistles can you hear them saying “God did it”.)

  21. imeuller suggests:

    Hey Curmudugeons, we can top that!! A cruise to the Galapagos!

    A splendid notion, at least at first glance. But on reflection, there are already a number of excellent providers of such cruises, so I’m not sure what the USP of a Curmudgeon Cruise there would be.

    More appropriate: A Curmudgeon Overland Expedition to visit Hambo’s Creation Museum, and the remains of Hovind’s Dinosaur Adventure Land, and the remains of the Bakkers’ Heritage USA, &c &c

  22. Follow-up to previous post: some inspirational photos at Jim Bakker’s Christian amusement park is now a post-apocalyptic ghost town

    Sic semper insanis

  23. OMG, can you imagine being cooped up on a boat with Luskin? I’d be hanging over the side calling, “Here, sharky! Here, sharky! Got a nice, fat gerbil for you.”

  24. Copy cats! The NCSE has run a Grand Canyon river trip for years. They even take a creationist with them (in case they run out of food).

    Details for 2014 here.

  25. @Megalonyx: throw in a visit to the “Biology” Department at Liberty “University” and I’m sooooo in.

  26. docbill1351 says: “OMG, can you imagine being cooped up on a boat with Luskin?”

    Don’t be so judgmental! Open your mind to the possibilities of the Discoveroids’ cruise. Just imagine … it’s nighttime, the air is cool and crisp, the stars are bright, a full moon is above, the waves are gently slapping against the hull, and you’re taking a stroll on the deck, thinking about the intelligent designer. In the background, the haunting melody of Some Enchanted Evening can heard.

    Then, coming toward you, you see a figure in the darkness. It comes closer. Closer! By the light of the moon you now see who it is — it’s Casey! Your eyes meet … the music grows louder …

  27. Our Curmudgeon titillates us, but omitted the link (now restored herewith)

    By the light of the moon you now see who it is — it’s Casey! Your eyes meet … the music grows louder

  28. Of all the creationist cruise ships on all of the 6,000 year old Earth, Casey had to walk into mine.

  29. The DI also touts that “The theme of the conference will be “Science & Faith: Friends or Foes?” John Lennox, who is a mathematician and christian apologist, and cambrian creationist Stevie Meyers are the two primary speakers listed.

    So this is basically an evangelical cruise. Get a captive audience with no means of escape and work ’em over for a week. If the DI is successful they’ll all go home and run for school boards and petition their local congress person to introduce academic freedom bills.

    It would truly be interesting to have a rational person, with strong self control and an iron stomach, sign up for the conference and blog about it when it’s over.

  30. I would contribute – daily updates from Curmy would be worth a few bucks!

  31. By the light of the moon you now see who it is — it’s Casey! Your eyes meet … the music grows louder …

    The scene cuts to a snoozing helmsman on the night watch. A scream and a splash are heard in the background. Another happy ending to the latest episode of Love Boat.

  32. If I had money for a ticket, I’d buy one for the Talented Mr. Ripley, as long as he’d share a suite with Casey.

  33. They’re also Global Warming deniers. What better place to deny warming than in Alaska with the glaciers calving around you?

  34. Speaking of glaciers calving … in these waters we can perhaps hope for a nice, big iceberg in the grand Titanic tradition?

    Then, when this assembly of geniuses try to sing “Nearer, my Intelligent Designer, to thee …” they will discover that this doesn’t fit the meter at all, and so they may actually have to revert to the one-syllable alternative that is more honest anyway.