Ever since we posted Oh Goodie — The Discoveroids’ Top Ten for 2014, we’ve been ignoring the Discovery Institute’s pathetic list of the Top Ten creationist events for the year. Instead we posted Discovery Institute Catastrophes in 2014.
Undeterred, the Discoveroids have continued with their catalog of glorious triumphs. We’ll ignore — but link to — their numbers 9 through 5. Those are #9 : The Ham-Nye Creation Debate, and then #8: State-Run Museum Covered Up Collaboration with Atheist Groups. We wrote a bit about that one, the last time being Discoveroid Darwin Day Jihad Gains Momentum, after which the whole thing fizzled out, and we assume the museum proceeded with its plans.
But there’s more to the Discoveroids’ glory list. They have #7: Ciliate Organism Undergoes “Scrambled Genome” and “Massive…Rearrangement”, and then #6: Phys.org Says the Argument for Suboptimal Design of the Eye “Is Folly”, and then #5: Whale Hips, Another Icon of Darwinian Evolution, Takes a Hit.
You can read about those paradigm-shattering events if you like, but they amount to either: (a) quote-mining; (b) shabby public relations efforts; or (c) what we regard as mining for isolated facts — a tactic that illustrates what we call the Creationist Scientific Method:
That’s what we’ve been neglecting — along with the rest of the world. Now we’ll jump into the middle of the Discoveroids’ list with today’s post at their creationist blog, which is #4 of Our Top Ten Evolution Stories of 2014: A Key Inference of The Edge of Evolution Has Now Been Experimentally Confirmed. It was written by Discoveroid Senior Fellow Michael Behe, famed for his catastrophic performance in the Kitzmiller case — see Kitzmiller v. Dover: Michael Behe’s Testimony.
Behe was the author of the creationist book mentioned in the title of his post, so you can be confident that he knows what he’s talking about. He says, with bold font added by us:
Let me start with some background. Darwinian theory proposes that the astoundingly intricate machinery of the cell developed step by excruciatingly tiny step, by natural selection acting on random mutation. I argued against that in 1996 in Darwin’s Black Box, contending that much cellular machinery was, like a mousetrap, irreducibly complex, could not be made gradually, and required purposeful design.
Uh huh. That’s what he claims. Oh, by the way, Behe’s colleagues at Lehigh University — where he has tenure so he can’t be Expelled! — are so impressed by his brilliance that they have publicly disassociated themselves from him by issuing this statement: Department Position on Evolution and “Intelligent Design”.
Okay, Behe claims that a paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences confirms a key inference he made in his book. The paper he’s all excited about is this: Diverse mutational pathways converge on saturable chloroquine transport via the malaria parasite’s chloroquine resistance transporter. We’ve scanned it. Frankly, we see nothing that provides any comfort for Behe. We suspect the authors of the paper are horrified by Behe’s claim that their work supports his.
We won’t take the time to wallow in the details of the PNAS paper. If you care to do that, go right ahead. Here’s Behe’s exciting conclusion:
The bottom line is that the need for an organism to acquire multiple mutations in some situations before a relevant selectable function appears is now an established experimental fact.
Well, isn’t that a shock! But the most shocking thing of all is that the Discoveroids regard this as #4 in their list of Top Ten stories for the year. We can’t wait to see the rest.
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