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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