Before we bring you the latest entry in the Discovery Institute’s list of their Top Ten stories for the year, we need a bit of background. Our regular readers can skip over the next few indented paragraphs:
The Discoveroids are working their way up from the bottom, and they’ll probably reach their Number One creationist news story on New Year’s day. We mentioned their first two items, numbers 10 and 9, in Christmas 2015. Then we wrote about the next two in Discoveroids’ Top Ten for 2015 — #8 & #7. Then we discussed the next items in their series in Discoveroids’ Top Ten for 2015 — #6 & #5.
As we move up the list, one might expect that the quality of the stories should steadily improve, but no such trend is apparent — at least not to us. That doesn’t matter. The purpose of their series is to impress their generous patrons with the progress they’ve made this year.
We were hoping to post about their #4 and #3, but so far they haven’t posted today, so all we have to talk about is what they gave us yesterday, when they posted #4 of Our Top Stories of 2015: Fear of Intelligent Design Prevents Some Biologists from Accepting ENCODE. It was written by Casey Luskin, our favorite creationist. Once again, all he does is refer to and then copy one of his earlier blog posts.
We didn’t bother with the thing when it originally appeared, because it was merely one more in a long series of posts by Casey about the ENCODE research project, which the Discoveroids think solves their problem with the existence of so much junk DNA in our genome — which is an insult to the magnificent handiwork of their intelligent designer.
Since the earliest days of this humble blog, the Discovery Institute has been claiming that there’s no such thing as junk DNA. They insist that the genome is perfectly designed, without flaws, and every little scrap of it is designed to be functional. After all, their transcendental designer — blessed be he! — wouldn’t do it any other way.
The Discoveroids went bonkers over the ENCODE project. Two years ago Casey posted Our Top 10 Evolution-Related Stories: #1, ENCODE Project Buries “Junk DNA”. We wrote about that here: The Discoveroids’ Top Story for 2012. Since then there have been studies that continue to confirm the fact that most of our genome is junk, but the Discoveroids won’t abandon their fantasy that the genome is perfect, from beginning to end.
The last time wrote about one of Casey’s posts on this subject was back in July — see Casey: 50% Junk DNA Is Proof of Design. But we now realize that the post we ignored was one of the Discoveroids’ top accomplishments this year, so we’ll give you an excerpt or two. Casey says:
It’s disturbing that scientists oppose empirically based research results or suppress their own doubts about the neo-Darwinian paradigm simply because they don’t like the perceived alternative — ID. These admissions show that evolutionary biology is in an incredibly unhealthy state, where devotion to the paradigm trumps the evidence.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! And this is from the end of that post:
This much is clear: ID boldly predicted ENCODE’s results, and evolutionary biology didn’t. This puts ID in a strong position to lead science forward into a post-Darwinian world.
Okay, that was the Discoveroids’ Number 4 in their Top Ten list for the year. We’ll probably get to #3 and #2 tomorrow. Clearly, it’s been a great year for the Discoveroids. They’re probably saving the best for last, so stay tuned to this blog!
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