Christmas 2015

Once a year your Curmudgeon is temporarily in a jovial mood and this is the time, as is evident from the presence our traditional holiday graphic. We wish a Merry Christmas to one and all.

To enhance your holiday experience, we once again link to the Curmudgeon’s acclaimed poem, which is read to children all over the world: The Night Before Christmas Eve.

Even the Discoveroids are feeling the holiday spirit. As they’ve done in the past, they’re posting about their Top Ten creationism events for the year. They started yesterday with #10 of Our Top Stories of 2015: Researcher Is Caught in a Wonderful Freudian Slip on Intelligent Design.

According to Casey Luskin, our favorite creationist, a real scientist was giving a lecture at Case Western University about the formation of some of the earliest self-replicating molecules, and of course, biologists don’t have hundreds of millions of years to wait for nature to assemble such molecules in the lab. According to Casey:

She then calls the task of getting just the right components to form life in a lab experiment “a combinatorial nightmare” and says “we need to use intelligent — not intelligent design,” at which point she looks a tad bit embarrassed and is immediately and abruptly interrupted by another professor who wants to rescue her and help her find better wording. He tells her to say “careful selection,” so she then settles on the wording: “We need to carefully select which nucleotides to start with, which amino acids and minerals …”

That’s an excellent example of how scientists have become aware that creationists eagerly pounce on any terminology that can be misinterpreted to suggest Oogity Boogity, so she quickly corrected herself. But Casey — clever lad that he is — spotted it! He says, and the strike-through is in his post:

So we have here an origin-of-life researcher admitting the “combinatorial nightmare” faced by researchers trying to model the origin of life in the lab, and then admitting that “intelligent design” — I mean “careful selecting” — is needed to do this.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That trivial incident, dear reader, is one of the Discoveroids’ Top Ten stories of the year!

They posted the next one in their series today: #9 of Our Top Stories of 2015: Octopus Genome Is a Big Problem for Darwinism, but we already wrote about that item four months ago — see Casey: The Octopus Proves Intelligent Design. Bear in mind, these things are the highlights of the Discoveroids’ year.

That’s all we’ve got for you. Because we’re going into a long holiday weekend, we expect lower traffic than usual for the next few days. Also, because our kind of news rarely gets reported on Christmas, we may not post at all tomorrow. But your Curmudgeon is always on the job, so if we should find anything of interest, we’ll tell you about it.

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We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it! And have a Merry Christmas!

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15 responses to “Christmas 2015

  1. And a Merry Christmas to yourself.

    As a small seasonal gift to all and sundry (after a glass of spiked eggnog I’m anybody’s), here’s a link to Bryan Fischer’s creationist explanation of dinosaurs.

  2. The problem is that “intelligent design” isn’t a scientific effort; rather, it’s a political one. Therefore scientists have to step very carefully, since ID has a huge political advantage built in. All its adherents have to do is suggest that after all ID accords with the Bible and tens of millions of minds go on autopilot. ID’ers don’t even have to say the words; they’ve become masters of dog-whistle politics, able to communicate with people on frequencies only the Bible-besotted can hear.

    Addressing Casey’s specific point, dull though it is—of course scientists have to use “intelligent design” in experiments intended to yield result in days, weeks or months rather than millions of years. They’re not immortal, after all. That doesn’t mean that nature, which has a lot more time, needs deliberate planning to produce and evolve life.

    I sometimes wonder whether creationists who make such arguments really believe them. I suppose some of them must, but I suspect some of them are simply in it for the money, or to get to look like real scientists without having to do any actual science.

  3. @Eric Lipps

    I sometimes wonder whether creationists who make such arguments really believe them.

    I have the same suspicion. I suspect it’s magical thinking: if I want something to be true hard enough then it surely will be so. The “arguments” they present aren’t so much arguments as excuses for the magical thinking. “I believe Santa comes down the chimney at Christmas because unless you were there to see him not doing so . . .”

  4. The whole truth

  5. Charles Deetz ;)

    It is interesting to see in the ID Facebook group slip-ups where the less disciplined start attributing actions and design to god, or referencing the bible as to why. This is much bigger problem for them than scientists saying the word design.

    Merry Christmas to all. Here is my present to all: an interesting mix of holiday music:

  6. Merry Christmas all! From me and Kink the Cat and the entire family! Opening presents in the morning and a big turkey dinner later.

  7. Merry Christmas to The Curmudeon, and to his magnificent dogs as well!

  8. This being a Free Fire Zone, here’s a link to the latest news from the Daily Mail: Man trying to ‘travel through time’ smashes car through two Florida businesses. The newspaper has over 150 comments.

  9. The whole truth

  10. Someone must have hijacked this site because, as we all know, “Darwinists” don’t say “Merry Christmas,” and are “offended” by the mere mention of it. At least according to the propaganda from the radical paranoid authoritarians. 😉

    Anyway, allow one more non-Christian to chime in with a Merry Christmas, and a happy 2016 – the year the Discoveroids finally tell us what the unnamed, unembodied, possibly deceased intelligent designer did, where, when and how. Or at least admit that ID can accommodate all the results of geocentrism.

  11. As I was a teen in the 70’s:

  12. Thank you, Curmy, for all your work and innumerable hours spent running this blog. Best Christmas present ever!

    Merry Christmas, and the hope that all have a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016!