You have probably seen the movie Ghostbusters, about a small group of weirdos who had lost their respectable jobs due to an unorthodox belief that they could investigate, detect, and combat ghosts with unique methods they had developed using their paranormal theories. They opened for business in a dingy location, and after a long struggle, they eventually achieved success and praise when their abilities were recognized.
For some reason — perhaps it’s because yesterday was Halloween — that movie reminds us of the Discovery Institute. Like the Ghostbusters, the Discoveroids also claim that they can detect unobservable phenomena. They say they can find evidence of a transcendent intelligent designer — blessed be he! — who created the universe, life, and the unique human species.
Like the Ghostbusters, the Discoveroids have developed their own technology. They have a Design Filter (see The Discoveroids and Their Magic Filter) which can detect the designer’s work. It provides them with evidence of specified complexity and irreducible complexity — which no one else understands — see The Discoveroids and Their Magic Inference).
Unlike the Ghostbusters, the Discoveroids have not yet been successful. But that’s because their saga has only begun. There are many similarities, however.
Like the Ghostbusters at the start of the movie, the Discoveroids inhabit dingy offices. They’re located above a gymnasium in a seedy section of Seattle. They have no scientific respect, yet they fervently believe that their investigations into the supernatural realm, using their paranormal methods, will ultimately result in universal acceptance that their transcendent designer exists. Then, at last, they will be recognized as the brilliant scientific pioneers they are, bringing them well-deserved fame.
And so, dear reader, it’s far too early to dismiss the Discoveroids as a pack of deluded kooks. They’re certain that they’re on the right track. They know things that no one else knows, and they’re confident that they will be vindicated and praised as the Darwin Busters. So let’s sit back and enjoy the show. Maybe the best is yet to come.
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