Discovery Institute — Their Funniest Post Ever!

You’ve heard of Michael Denton. He’s a Discoveroid “senior fellow” and the author of the 1985 creationist classic, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis. Then he put out a 33-minute video which we discussed here: Thrilling News from the Discovery Institute. Our last post about him was Intelligent Design Has a Mechanism.

Brace yourself, dear reader — Denton is back! The Discoveroids are posting about his latest intellectual milestone in A New Book from Michael Denton Is Your Opportunity to Inspire Future Scientists. It was written by Kelley J. Unger, about whom we know nothing.

It begins slowly, by explaining how important Denton is. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

With his path-breaking book Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution, biologist Michael Behe is known around the world for helping to launch the intelligent design movement. But what inspired him?

What inspired Michael Behe? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Not only is Behe a Discovery Institute Senior Fellow, he was the Discoveroids’ star witness in the Kitzmiller case — see Kitzmiller v. Dover: Michael Behe’s Testimony. And he’s also a professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University. His colleagues at Lehigh are so impressed by his brilliance that they publicly disassociated themselves from him by issuing this statement: Department Position on Evolution and “Intelligent Design”.

No doubt you’re eager to learn what inspired Behe. You’re about to be told:

Behe explains, “Through college and graduate school, I was in an atmosphere that just assumed that Darwinian evolution explained biology. I didn’t have any reason to doubt it.” But then he read a book that changed his life, and thereby altered the history of science. The book was Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, by geneticist Michael Denton.

Aha — Denton is the man who inspired Behe. Thrilling, isn’t it? Let’s read on:

This year marks the 30th anniversary of its publication. Denton’s book offered a powerful critique of Darwinian evolution based on science, not religion. It helped inspire a generation of young scientists and scholars who formed what became known as the ID movement. We have some exciting news to share: Denton, a Senior Fellow with Discovery’s Center for Science & Culture, has been at work on a sequel, titled Evolution: Still a Theory in Crisis.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh — a sequel! [*End Drool Mode*] The Discoveroid post continues:

The book will not only update and revisit Denton’s earlier work; it also offers a stunning NEW argument showing that the Darwinian mechanism cannot explain the most important features in biology. This is the cutting edge of the evolution debate. You will never think of biology in the same way again.

Aren’t you excited? But wait — the best is yet to come:

The planned publication date for the new book is approaching: January 26, 2016. But we need your help today so we can meet this deadline. We need funds to finish acquiring the illustrations, to do the layout, to do the indexing and final proofing.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We might be wrong, but it looks to us like Denton can’t even afford to get his book printed by a vanity publisher. He needs help! Here’s one more excerpt:

We seek to maximize the reach and the impact of this important new book. This is an opportunity to join with us in advancing a scientific idea that addresses the most vital questions humankind has ever faced. Will you help us in making this possible?

The post ends with a link where you can make a contribution in order to “inspire future scientists, and inspire the public with an incisive and accessible case for intelligent design.” Well, dear reader, why do you hesitate? Click over there and make your contribution now!

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21 responses to “Discovery Institute — Their Funniest Post Ever!

  1. Surely data this important has been submitted to journals such as “Nature”, etc. Rather than contributing funds I’ll wait and read the article when it becomes available available in the university library.

  2. michaelfugate

    ooooooooo!!!!! A NEW argument – which only took him 30 years to devise – must be really, really good. But given what crap his old arguments are – don’t hold your breath. Most likely it is an old argument rehashed – as all creationist arguments are.

  3. Let me guess what this startling news will be. It can’t be just another variation of a 300-year-old argument. It’s got to involve a step forward in formulating what happens and when, an alternative to evolution.
    Don’t you think that there has to be some progress, what with all of those scientists who are doubting evolution, for – how long has it been, 20 years?

  4. If this is their “cutting edge”, than perhaps it would be more helpful, and appropriate, to donate whetstones rather than funds.

  5. michaelfugate

    From Michael Ghiselin’s review of the original:

    The liberal use of end-notes suggests that a considerable amount of work has been done, and the reader unaware of what should have been cited but was not may have some difficulty distinguishing the reality of
    scholarship from mere appearances.


  6. Charles Deetz ;)

    No running total of donations. 😦

  7. Charles Deetz 😉 says: “No running total of donations.”

    No mention of how much they need, either.

  8. Interesting that the Dishonesty Institutes own vanity press won’t cover the costs for this exciting new publication. No, no running total, no goal for donations, and no accountability for what happens with those donations.

  9. The Discoveroids have been reduced to begging for cash like a TV evangelist. I’m taking this as a positive sign.

  10. DavidK: indeed! If this book is soooo good, soooo revolutionary, it should be a goldmine for the DI. Now that he’s moving on, can’t they use Dembski’s salary to cover costs? Or sell prepaid discounted copies?

  11. I wonder if they thought about actually doing something noble for a change and just put it online as a public domain pdf? The “research” probably cost way too much though. Imagine the cost of the 30 years of research in order to produce the same document with the words rearranged? That can’t be cheap… But that’s all part of the discoveriod commitment to whatever it is they are actually committed to.

  12. michaelfugate

    Any one want to wager on how many articles from scholarly journals published within the last 5 years are included in the book? And how many of those (if any) he interprets their data correctly?

    How many quote mines per chapter – over/under?

  13. So, if you haven’t read the first book, is it hard to follow what’s happening in the second? I hate reading stories in the wrong order.

    Actually, I’ve already made my contribution to the third part of Denton’s trilogy, Evolution: Stiller a Theory in Crisis: Even Designier.

    Denton would do well to take a lead from the “X-Men” and “Avengers” franchises and do some prequels and “origins” (heck yeah, that pun is intended) pieces, too. Who knows, he could make dozens, or maybe even hundreds, of dollars.

  14. Apparently the first book, 30 years ago, “altered the history of science.” How did I miss that?

    What exactly does altering the “history of science” mean anyway? Was their a previous history of science that was retroactively changed?

    At any rate, neither Denton nor Behe have made any impact on the progress of science whatsoever. I would love to see the DI point to a single argument from ID that has made a difference in biology or any other field.

  15. Richard Bond

    The book was Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, by geneticist Michael Denton.

    Another ID lie: Denton is a biochemist. My SOP with respect to creationist claims about their qualifications is that I always check.

  16. Denton’s turning nonsense into a fundraising project for ID. Why am I not surprised?

  17. @Richard Bond
    If a creationist says that the sky is blue, check that out for yourself.

  18. The whole truth

    Kelley J. Unger is a creobot through and through:

    Look at what is in her “Other” section on Facebook. Follow the links there and you’ll see that she is a zealous bible thumper with a theocratic (i.e. wedge) agenda.

    “Mrs. Unger directs the Center’s new small donor initiative, oversees the grant proposal and reporting process, and manages development-related events and data.”

    In other words, she is employed by the discotoot to bring in money by suckering ‘small donors’, getting grants, etc.

    She also wrote this mess:

  19. michaelfugate

    Perhaps SC has already come up with a phrase for this, but If not I think we need one for denoting ID’s claim for the inability of RM+NS to drive macroevolution. Something like “Behe’s Barricade” or “Meyer’s Millstone” or “Johnson’s Prophylactic” or “Egnor’s Retardment”….

  20. michaelfugate says: “Perhaps SC has already come up with a phrase for this …”

    I’ve been calling it the Great Barrier, which can only be breached by the intelligent designer — blessed be he!

  21. I have a contribution for the folks over at DI. Do not bother publishing this tripe. Save yourself the money. There, that was easy.