The Discoveroids have just posted another anti-science rant by their newest blogger, Denyse O’Leary. She’s a co-author of something titled The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Case for the Existence of the Soul (Amazon listing).
We find her posts to be too incoherent — even with our Curmudgeonly talent of finding humor in creationist rants — so we’ve mostly ignored her. We mentioned her Discoveroid writings only twice before, when she first began to appear at their creationist blog: Discovery Institute: Science is Worthless, and a week before that The Copernican Principle. Then we gave up on her. However, long before she joined the Discoveroids, her name popped up in the first year of our humble blog when she was mentioned (favorably) by a creationist in: Mind-Body Dualism: It’s Back!
We’re breaking our self-imposed rule of Denyse avoidance to call your attention to her latest offering, titled Human Origins: The War of Trivial Explanations. As you can guess from her title, Denyse is adamant that she ain’t no kin to no monkey.
We won’t give you many excerpts. It’s too painful. Here’s how she starts, with bold font added by us:
The overarching theory in biology has been, for over a century, Darwinian evolution: Natural selection acting on random mutation is the cause of all or most variation in life forms. As anyone who has monitored what the media says over the years will know, all evidence is either interpreted on its terms or ignored. Thus, humans are evolved primates, an unexceptional twig on the tree of life, though like other twigs, we are accidental outliers.
Oh dear — those nasty Darwinists don’t think there’s anything special — divinely special — about our glorious species! She also says:
For example, the 11,500-year-old religious complex Gobekli Tepe, described by one source as like “a 747 built in the basement with an X-Acto knife,” must be a subset or outgrowth of the activities of primates like chimpanzees and bonobos.
Wikipedia says that Göbekli Tepe is “an archaeological site at the top of a mountain ridge in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey, northeast of the town of Şanlıurfa.” It was discovered in 1963, and has been seriously investigated since the 1990s. It appears to have had an impressive arrangement of heavy stone pillars, and it’s tentatively dated back to the 10th millennium BCE, which is earlier than other such sites. Denyse imagines the “Darwinists” claim that humans were chimps and bonobos back then. Really, that’s what she thinks. This is her next sentence:
Other primates never built such a thing, or built anything. But it must nonetheless somehow be accounted for by our kinship with them.
Uh … primates built Stonehenge, the Pyramids, and the Parthenon on the Acropolis of Athens. Anyway, right after that she says:
The fact that such claims explain nothing about the world around us and fly in the face of evidence and common sense is not treated as a serious objection. That is what it means when we say that Darwinian evolution is an overarching explanation: It can explain everything and anything — and in the end nothing — and still be the accepted and defended explanation. To doubt is to invite intellectual rejection.
The amazing thing is that with all the Discoveroids’ claims about increasing numbers of leading scientists who are abandoning “Darwinism” and flocking to intelligent design, Denyse has risen to become one of their respected contributors. She must be among the best of their new converts.
Then she romps through (her description of) a large collection of various evolutionary ideas, and airily dismisses them all with an indignant
waive wave of the hand. Denyse has no patience for such foolishness.
Now we come to the good part. It’s the thundering climax of her post, and the reason we decided to blog about it. Get this:
The obvious problems with all of these disunited and discordant theses can be summed up for convenience as: 1) If some aspect of chimpanzee behavior explains matters, why didn’t it produce the same result in chimpanzees? 2) If mere advantage (which every primate seeks) explains a development like the human mind, why did only humans experience it?
That’s right, dear reader. Denyse’s post boils down to the most mind-numbingly stupid question ever uttered by a creationist: If we evolved from monkeys, then why are there still monkeys? M’god! As we wrote in If We Evolved From Monkeys, Then Why …?, even AIG has abandoned that one.
Well, let’s look on the bright side. Not even Denyse can exceed the ridiculousness of what she’s just written, so we can now return to our policy of Denyse avoidance. But bear in mind that the Discoveroids think she’s a great new addition to their “think tank.” Considered in that specialized context, perhaps they’re right.
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