Because of the holiday weekend, there’s so little news out there that all we can find to write about is the Discovery Institute’s pathetic list of their Top Ten stories for the year. What makes their list entertaining is that it’s been a totally ghastly year for them. They have nothing to show for their legislative and courtroom efforts, or for their efforts to penetrate the academic world (except for bible colleges where creationism has always been entrenched), so the stuff in their list is all they have to brag about.
As is usual in such a series, they’re working their way up from the bottom, and they’ll probably reach their Number One creationist news story on New Year’s day. We already mentioned their first two items, numbers 10 and 9, in Christmas 2015. Now we’ll see two more more examples of what has thrilled the Discoveroids and their generous patrons this year.
In Merry Christmas! Here Is #8 of Our Top Stories of 2015: Fighting Cancer with Intelligent Design, Casey Luskin, our favorite creationist, refers to one of his earlier blog posts, and then another one by Egnor, after which he says, with some bold font added by us:
In simple terms, Darwinian evolution tends to work fine when only one mutation is needed to give an advantage. But when you need multiple mutations to gain an advantage, the process tends to get stuck. By throwing lots of antibiotic drugs at an organism, we force it to evolve lots of mutations — more than Darwinian evolution can produce — in order to survive. In this way, we can beat antibiotic-resistant microbes.
Wow — harmful bacteria or cancer cells are defeating our antibiotics by getting help from the intelligent designer — blessed be he! — in developing mutations to defeat our antibiotics. But if the designer is working against us, then what chance do we have? Casey tells us:
For example, let’s say you throw a cocktail of five antibiotics at some pathogenic bacteria. Even if it evolves resistance to four of them (still which would be highly unlikely), if the fifth drug works to kill the organism, then you’ve beaten the bug. As you throw more antibiotic drugs at it, the likelihood of its evolving resistance decreases at an exponential rate. The odds of all the needed “resistance mutations” arising in a single organism are so low that, statistically, it’s not going to occur.
Brilliant! If we understand intelligent design, then we can beat the designer at his own game! It’s easy to see why this incredible breakthrough deserves a place in the Discoveroids’ Top Ten list.
That was their post yesterday. Today they added the next item in their series: #7 of Our Top Stories of 2015: “Totalitarian Science” in the Age of Obama. It’s about a book by John West, Vice President of Discovery Institute, whom we affectionately call “Westie.”
We wrote about it when the book was first announced — see Discoveroids Denounce “Totalitarian Science”. One excerpt from their new post should be sufficient:
Based on extensive research with primary sources and archival materials, John West’s captivating Darwin Day in America reveals how American politics and culture have been corrupted by a massive abuse of science. West’s narrative explores the far-reaching consequences for society when scientists and politicians deny the essential differences between human beings and the rest of nature.
Yes, Westie knows that he ain’t no kin to no monkey! So there you are, dear reader. It’s been a spectacular year for the Discoveroids, and so far we’ve only learned about the bottom four of their Top Ten accomplishments. What further wonders await us? Stay tuned to this blog!
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