At the end of last year we posted Discovery Institute Catastrophes in 2013. Now that we’re half-way through 2014, let’s take a look at their dismal record of accomplishments for this year.
In making such a survey, it’s good to keep in mind their Wedge strategy. It’s the founding manifesto of the Discovery Institute, drafted in 1998. You can read the actual document at the NCSE website: The Wedge Document. Here’s a scan of the original: The Wedge. It’s a pdf document which begins with a graphic of Michelangelo’s God creating Adam. We wrote about it here: What is the “Wedge Document”?
So far, the Discoveroids have failed to accomplish every one of their goals and objectives, but they keep plugging away. How is this possible? Very few endeavors continue in the face of endless failure.
Occasionally, some lone individual will devote his life to a bizarre cause, for example, there’s The Time Cube guy. Government programs can go on for generations, accomplishing nothing, because the politicians aren’t spending their own money, and the bigger the government gets, the more important they are, so they don’t care if their programs ever do anything. The Discoveroids aren’t spending their own money either. As long as somebody’s money keeps flowing in, they’ll keep doing what they do.
Here’s what they’ve done — or rather, have failed to do — in 2014:
They began the year by claiming they had nothing to do with the fact that creationism was being taught in the public schools of Louisiana — see Creationism in Louisiana? Klinghoffer Is Shocked! That was particularly lovely because the Louisiana Science Education Act is one of the few accomplishments the Discoveroids have ever had, but they were forced to disown it.
They ducked, and have continued ducking, as Bryan College flagrantly discriminated against its faculty members who weren’t sufficiently creationist. They ignored all their rhetorical calls for “Academic Freedom,” which was thereby revealed to be a slogan they invoke only when a secular school, like Ball State, tries to rein in creationists who won’t teach science. See “Academic Freedom” for Creationists Only.
There was that shining moment when they finally stopped pretending that their movement was about science, and Klinghoffer Admits Intelligent Design Is Theism.
They spent a couple of months complaining about Cosmos. Also — as they often do — they presented numerous arguments they claimed supported intelligent design — for example Discoveroids: Horses Can Prance, Therefore …, and also Discoveroids: Science Copies Nature, Therefore … — but their record of failing to produce data to support their “theory” remains unbroken.
Then they tried to stir up some action by complaining about a Darwin Day event held at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, but they never got any mileage out of it — see Science Museum Promotes Science — Scandal!
Oh, and all the states that considered some version of their Academic Freedom Act failed to pass such a law.
So what are their plans for the second half of 2014? We have no idea. In all likelihood, they’ll be concentrating on making sure their generous patrons fund the joint for another year. Accomplishing that is the only goal they have any hope of achieving.
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