When we started to write about the Discoveroids’ Top Ten items for the year, we didn’t begin as they did, with Number Ten. We judged their items 10 through 7 to be such low-grade material that we ignored their series until they had worked their way up to Number Six. That’s when we wrote Discovery Institute Embraces Martyrdom.
From then on, our posts mirrored theirs, as the creationist glory list climbed from Triumph Six to Triumph Three. But we were mystified by their third-highest item.
Everyone had assumed that the final entry in their series — their world-shaking Number One — would be about the publication of Darwin’s Doubt (Amazon listing), the latest creationist book by Stephen Meyer — Discovery Institute Vice President and Senior Fellow.
We were all shocked — shocked! — to see that Meyer’s book ranked only as their Number Three. What, we wondered, could possibly be ranked above it? Then they published their Number Two. We didn’t bother to write about it because it was also about Meyer’s book, which we had already discussed when it was their Number Three. Event Number Two celebrated the only review that Meyer’s book received (from a knowledgeable reviewer) that wasn’t harshly condemnatory. It wasn’t laudatory, by any means, but the Discoveroids were thrilled that it didn’t describe the book as garbage.
So we skipped that and waited to see what would be at the top of the Discoveroids’ list. What creationist accomplishment would be featured as their Triumph Number One? Today, dear reader, we have the answer you’ve all been seeking. We present to you what has been freshly posted at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog: Here Is #1 of Our Top-Ten Evolution Stories of 2013: Responding to Charles Marshall’s Review of Darwin’s Doubt.
Amazing, isn’t it? Meyer’s book occupies the top three positions on the Discoveroids’ Top Ten list. Never in the history of the galaxy has anything been so honored.
Marshall’s review was published in Science — a very high profile journal. Here’s a link to it — When Prior Belief Trumps Scholarship — but you’ll need a subscription to read it. The review was so devastating that Meyer responded by posting four different times about it at the Discoveroids’ blog. Those rebuttals were worse than ineffective — they were boring. We only wrote about one of them — Stephen Meyer: “I Don’t Use God of the Gaps”.
Now that we’ve had an opportunity to contemplate the entire Top Ten, we must confess a deep feeling of remorse that we were so hasty in posting our own list of Discovery Institute Catastrophes in 2013. We published our list when there were still nine days remaining in the year — and that was much too soon. If we had exercised some restraint, we would have included the publication of the Discoveroids’ Top Ten, an event that surely deserves mention in any catalog of Discoveroid catastrophes.
So there you are, dear reader. If that was the Discovery Institute’s Top Ten, then 2013 was a very good year.
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