The Discoveroids, having failed to make a dent in science and academia, and having made no progress in their legislative and courtroom crusades (except for two of their Academic Freedom bills in Louisiana and Tennessee), are filling the vast void in their list of accomplishments by inventing new propaganda messages.
For most of this year they’ve been posting about a “War on Humans.” A typical post of theirs is At the New York Times, a War on Humans. We’ve ignored them all because we couldn’t figure out what they were babbling about — but suddenly we figured it out.
Like the most primitive young-Earth creationists, they’re promoting the idea that humans are extraordinarily different from all other life. They don’t flat-out claim that we were specially created “in His image,” but that’s the essence of it. In furtherance of their anti-evolution theme, they’re assuming the role of champions of human uniqueness. In other words, they ain’t no kin to no monkey.
Their other new theme is one we recently wrote about in Discovery Institute Says Dogs Are Degenerates. While they’re defending human dignity by defending us against the non-existent “War on Humans,” they’ve begun to wage a war on dogs. Why? We can’t figure it out, but that’s what they’re doing.
He begins confusingly, with a disparaging reference to the intelligence of chimps, and then suddenly switches to a book by Nicholas Wade about human history. It discusses the domestication of dogs, so Klinghoffer talks about the domesticated silver fox (a/k/a Fox Farm Experiment), a Russian experiment that produced a breed of tame foxes after only 50 years of selective breeding. He disparages that too, saying:
the goal [of the Russian experiment] was known from the outset. Human beings could not foresee the result of “creating” the dog, so it’s not obvious what drove this pioneering work of experimental breeding.
After blundering around like that to no apparent purpose, Klinghoffer then says:
Anyway, Wade recounts, an earlier test was performed with chimps, cups, and treats. Chimps didn’t respond to very “broad hints” from researchers as to which cup concealed the treat. You could tap it, stare at it — they didn’t catch on. (Must not have been motivated.)
Okay, chimps are dumb and we’re smart! It’s unspoken, but we think Klinghoffer is dismissing any hint that we might be related to chimps. The Discoveroids are once again defending the dignity of man — the special creation of the intelligent designer. Then the essay takes a strange turn to their other new theme:
But you know what creature did pick up on body language, and responded immediately to the hints from the scientists?
We give up. Tell us, Klinghoffer. He does:
Of course, it was dogs, which are born with the ability to read our body language.
That doesn’t surprise us. We’ve been selectively breeding dogs for millennia. It’s not quite natural selection, but Darwin used that sort of thing to suggest what nature could do. What does Klinghoffer make of it? We already know the Discoveroids are waging a war on dogs — although we have no idea why — so here’s how he ends his charming essay:
Wolves also bombed the test, suggesting that the trick, with dogs and puppies, is “innate” and somehow the result of breeding.
That’s it. We’ve read the thing a couple of times now, and we don’t know what they guy is trying to say. He probably thinks he’s arguing against evolution — both ours and the dog’s — but his reasoning is far from clear. Can you figure it out?
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