The fun never stops at the Discovery Institute. Look at this one: John West on Alfred Wallace and the Road Not Taken.
It was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. But this time we’re not using our “Slasher” graphic because Klinghoffer is praising John West, whom we affectionately call “Westie.” Westie is now President of the Discovery Institute, and he was an early winner of the Curmudgeon’s Buffoon Award.
Klinghoffer says, with bold font added by us:
Sadly it’s behind a paywall, otherwise I’d simply tell you to go read our colleague John West’s terrific essay in First Things, “The Church of Darwin.” West recounts some of the terrible currents in thought outside science that have flowed from Darwin’s theory. But he also shows that it didn’t have to be that way.
Ooooooooooh — there are “terrible currents” outside of science that have flowed from Darwin’s theory. We know all about that. Klinghoffer has already posted a series of essays attempting to link Charles Darwin to: Hitler, and communism, and Stalin, and the Columbine shootings, and Charles Manson, and the Ft. Hood Massacre, and Mao Tse-tung, and Dr. Josef Mengele.
Let’s find out what “terrible currents” Westie has linked to Darwin. We’re told:
At the inception of the theory of evolution, Darwin and co-discoverer Alfred Russel Wallace represented two paths forward, one headed in the end to nihilism, atheism, and despair — basically, today’s ascendant culture — the other to a wondrous and hope-giving recognition that material stuff is not all there is in the universe.
[*Curmudgeon dashes to the bathroom to heave mightily*] Wow! Darwin’s path leads to nihilism, atheism, and despair. Wallace’s path, on the other hand, leads to the glorious wonderland of mysticism. As you know, the Discoveroids have seized upon some writings by Wallace late in his life and have claimed him as one their own — see Discoveroids Adopt Alfred Wallace as Godfather.
Klinghoffer then gives us a big quote from Westie’s article. We’ll skip it. After that he tells us:
Let that sink in. If the co-discoverer of evolutionary theory were alive today, he would be attacked by the National Center for Science Education as a “creationist.”
We don’t know what to call Wallace’s later writings, which he produced when he was deep in his dotage. But his earlier work was admirable. Let’s read on:
John West observes that much of what we think of as “evolution” is perfectly compatible with a recognition of intelligent design in biology (not to mention cosmology). I would say that ID is a theory of evolution, just not a Darwinian one.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Similarly, the stork theory is a theory of reproduction, just not …. ah well. Klinghoffer then mentions Thomas Nagel, a philosopher who, like Wallace, has descended into mysticism. He says:
Dr. West sees in Nagel a reason for optimism that the path traced by Wallace is not lost: [another big quote from Westie’s article].
Optimism? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! One day, dear reader, when you are old and unable to leave your bed, and your nurse has you strapped to a bed pan, along with other infirmities you may find your powers of reason failing. If that fate should befall you, then you too can follow the path traced by Wallace. Klinghoffer finishes with this inspirational paragraph:
It’s a sign of the times, an indication of the intellectual impoverishment of journalism and academia, that Darwin advocates are currently triumphant in convincing so many thoughtful people that evolution means Darwin, period, that Darwin is the only alternative to that ill-defined scare word, “creationism.” First Things deserves applause and thanks for reminding its readers that there is another way.
We’re not sure what that was all about, other then to announce that the Discoveroids have found a website willing to publish their material. It’s not much of an accomplishment, but we can’t blame them for bragging about it. What else have they got?
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