This is one of the most bizarre items ever posted at the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog: What If People Stopped Believing in Darwin? It was written by Ann Gauger, who seems to specialize in writing strange and weird Discoveroid posts.
Ann is best known for the clandestine nature of what she does and where she does it. She’s a “a senior research scientist” at the Discoveroids’ Biologic Institute. That’s the venerable facility to which the Discoveroids gave a “grant” of $291,300, as we pointed out in Discovery Institute: Their 2012 Tax Return.
The Discoveroids give some biographical information about Ann and their other top scientists here: Biologic Institute — People. Ann’s work is so sensitive that the interior of her lab must never be seen by outsiders. You can read all about that in Klinghoffer Defends Photo Trickery.
The work done in that secret facility sometimes appears in the Discoveroids’ captive “peer reviewed” journal, BIO-Complexity. The last time we wrote about Ann was when one of her writings was published in that esteemed journal — see The Discoveroids’ #1 Story for 2014 Is ….
That lab, plus the Discoveroids’ own “peer reviewed” vanity press operation (Discovery Institute Press) constitute their imitation of the accouterments of science, and have caused intelligent design to be described as a cargo cult.
Okay, you know what we’re dealing with, and you’re eager to learn what Ann has for us today. Here are some excerpts from her new post, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
What if people stopped believing in Darwin? Let’s say they just suddenly stopped one day, awakening as from a brain fog of misty narratives and just-so stories?
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s about as likely as a global flood, or the sun standing still in the sky, but it’s the sort of thing creationists dream about. All right, Ann, we’ll play along. What would change? Let’s read on:
Well, textbooks would change, for one. And a newfound humility might briefly sweep the halls of academic biology. Biology students might feel free to express their opinions on origins. The world would see a new flush of academic freedom.
Yeah, there would indeed be worldwide flush. Ann continues:
Guess what? It’s happening right now, but it’s happening slowly, not overnight.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Here’s more:
That’s because more and more people are recognizing that evolutionary biology’s explanatory power is inversely proportional to its rigor. Yet there is still an enormous amount of pushback from people strongly invested in the Darwinian story.
Stubborn Darwinists — they’re such fools! Moving along:
Will people’s worldviews change? I doubt it. The old Darwinian paradigm is failing and scientists are in search of alternative explanations, ones that don’t involve nasty words like design and teleology. I think only those open to the possibility of an immaterial explanation of things, the idea of mind and information, would find their way to intelligent design.
She’s probably right. Only those whose minds are open to Oogity Boogity will find their way to the Discoveroids’ “theory.” This is Ann’s optimistic conclusion:
Most would cling to their worldviews despite the collapse of their favorite paradigm. They’d just start looking for another materialistic explanation. That’s why they say scientific revolutions happen one funeral at a time.
She’s right, of course. The Discoveroids’ generous patrons need to be patient and keep the funds flowing. They won’t achieve final victory until all of the old guard have died off. It’s going to be a long struggle. But the result will be glorious!
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