Catalog of Discoveroid Creationist Catastrophes

Rodney Dangerfield

Rodney Dangerfield

What we’re going to do in this post is present you with a partial list of the catastrophes experienced by the Discovery Institute. As the pic above this posts suggests, despite all the millions they’ve spent, and all their lobbying and public relations efforts, they still can’t get any respect.

When your Curmudgeon began this humble blog, we were primarily focused on the Discoveroids, because we regard them as Enemies of the Enlightenment. Their founding manifesto, the Wedge Document, describes their intent to completely transform our society to “… defeat scientific materialism and its destructive moral, cultural, and political legacies …,” and to “… replace materialistic explanations with the theistic understanding that nature and human beings are created by God … .” We discussed that in detail here: What is the “Wedge Document”?

The woeful list of Discoveroid failures begins with their two-pronged effort to promote their anti-evolution Academic Freedom bills, which we analyzed here: Curmudgeon’s Guide to “Academic Freedom” Laws. That lobbying campaign was accompanied by the release of a “documentary” staring Ben Stein, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. It was a box office flop, and it eventually ended up in bankruptcy court — see View the Bankruptcy Court Bids for “Expelled”. As you know, only two states have been foolish enough to enact the Discoveroids’ model law — Louisiana and Tennessee. All other states that considered it have rejected it.

We can’t overlook their various litigation efforts. There have been many of those, too many to mention here, but the most spectacular case was Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. It’s sufficient here to say that although a few of their cases resulted in out-of-court nuisance settlements, they have never actually won in court.

Then there’s their pathetic effort to penetrate the academic world in an effort to gain legitimacy for their “theory” of intelligent design. Other than various bible colleges, this too has been a total disaster. See Intelligent Design’s Brief Shining Moment, about the short-lived Michael Polanyi Center at Baylor University, which was headed by William Dembski. Even their attempt to penetrate a small junior college failed — see Discoveroids’ Crazed Reaction to Amarillo College.

Who can forget their sad effort to establish a creationist movement on college campuses with their IDEA clubs, about which Wikipedia has a writeup: Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness Center. And then there was their futile attempt to oppose Darwin Day celebrations by declaring Not Darwin Day, It’s Academic Freedom Day. Like everything else they’ve tried, that one went nowhere.

The Discoveroids have failed at everything. The collapse of their grand crusade can be seen in search engine statistics. Check out this history of Google searches on “intelligent design”. It peaked during the Kitzmiller trial in 2005, and it’s been steadily — precipitously — trending downward ever since. Most of the hits you’ll get if you search on that phrase are about some company’s new product design, or an architect’s description of his new project. Except for the Discoveroids and their drooling fans, the entire subject of intelligent design is virtually dead.

The Discoveroids have been shut out of all legitimate science conferences. They can’t get papers about their “theory” published in legitimate science journals. They get no funding from government or from outfits like the Templeton Foundation. All they have is their blog, where they complain about the negative press coverage they get and the “discrimination” they endure at universities. It’s also where they continue their efforts at quote-mining, nit-picking evidence, blaming Darwin for all the evils in the world (except Islamic terrorists, because those people are creationists), and claiming all kinds of non-existent evidence for the miraculous works of their intelligent designer. Oh, besides their blog they persevere with creationist revivals at churches and bible colleges, and they crank out books and pamphlets, which they hawk at their website.

How long will they keep going? As long as their generous patrons continue to fund them, they’ll continue. When that dries up, as it must some day, it will be amusing to see where they go. Maybe they’ll end up as tour guides for ol’ Hambo’s creation museum.

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18 responses to “Catalog of Discoveroid Creationist Catastrophes

  1. *** Closes eyes and pictures Casey and company finally doing something useful — like shoveling dung at Hambo’s Ark . . . . .***

  2. I can’t imagine the Discotuters ever agreeing to sign off ol’Hambo’s extra nutty statement of faith.

    Even washed up speech writers have to draw the line somewhere no?

  3. The latest thing seems to be trying to equate when things are designed intelligently with having anything to do with Intelligent Design. Is Science Broken?

  4. Dean, I can see Dembski signing up. After all, when his job was threatened once he pretty much went from being an OEC to a YEC in the blink of an eye.

  5. @Dean, if the money’s right, any one of the Tooters would sign on with Ham. Ham would probably never sign Klinghoffer, however, because of his Jewish faith.

  6. michaelfugate

    Not to mention the failure of “Darwin’s Doubt” to generate any discussion.

  7. @michaelFugate, oh no, it generated lots of discussion . . . just all one sided. The DI started defending it even before it was released.

  8. Warren Johnson

    S. Curmudgeon,

    You surprised me. I did not know that “Expelled: …”. the movie, had landed in bankruptcy court. With your extraordinary powers, can you tell us who bought it? And what they plan to do with it?

  9. Warren Johnson, I have no idea who won the auction. I haven’t heard about the thing since then.

  10. Oh, the Wikipedia article on “Expelled” says “it was sold for $201,000 to Walt Ruloff and his associates, who were the original producers of Expelled.”

  11. While I rarely consider Dembski’s Uncommon Descent a reliable source, they <a href="http://www.uncommondescent.com/expelled/darwinist-bid-to-get-hold-of-expelled-film-fails/"posted “: “Walt Ruloff and his associates, who were the original producers of EXPELLED, won the auction.” back in 2011. Of course they had to crow that ‘Darwinists'” failed to purchase it, even though at the time of their posting, they [the Dembskiers] had no idea who did win it, they had to add an update to their original post. Too bad they failed to explain if they thought the film was such a masterpiece, why didn’t they bid on it.

  12. “They can’t get papers about their “theory” published in legitimate science journals.”
    They can’t even get papers about their “theory” published in their own journals, albeit for a somewhat different reason – they have nothing to write about.

  13. Actually, I disagree with the statement that they can’t get papers published in legitimate science journals. I question whether they even bother submitting to them or they just assume their ‘work’ will be rejected, so just cut out the middle-man and start whining about the discriminatory practices of ‘Big Science’. Does anyone have any stats on rejected ID papers to something like Nature or other science journals? And by ‘anyone’, I am looking for a reputable source of information🙂.

  14. The woeful list of Discoveroid failures begins with their two-pronged effort to promote their anti-evolution Academic Freedom bills, which we analyzed here: Curmudgeon’s Guide to “Academic Freedom” Laws. That lobbying campaign was accompanied by the release of a “documentary” staring Ben Stein, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. It was a box office flop, and it eventually ended up in bankruptcy court — see View the Bankruptcy Court Bids for “Expelled”.

    I’m amazed that Ben Stein is taken seriously enough to be allowed to host a “documentary,” even of the creationist kind. He’s an actor (and yes, I know he’s also a lawyer and right-wing writer and commentator, but these aren’t pluses in my eyes) best known as the arch-foe of Ferris Bueller and the skeptical shrink in The Mask. The creationists must be really scraping he bottom of the barrel if he ranks as one of their more credible defenders.

  15. Christine Janis

    @ Ted Herrlich. I’ve been an academic editor for the journal “Evolution”, and lots of people who I know have been in the past, or are now, editors of similar journals. There are some crazy people who submit papers, like their hypothesis of humans being descended from reptiles rather than apes, and those stories tend to do the rounds. But I’ve never heard of anybody claiming to have received a paper about ID.

  16. Thanks Christine! That’s kinda what I assumed since while they claim discrimination, they never point to a specific journal and try and make the case that a certain ID paper met the requirements of publication. It’s easier to play the victim card than actually be a victim!

  17. Christine Janis

    I’m sure that if they *did* get a submitted paper rejected, the details of the journal/editor/reviewers would be all over the DI website.

  18. I’m sure they would. Instead they wave Sternberg around as an example of discrimination. To paraphrase a movie, when the DI says discrimination, “I don’t think that words means what they think it means.”