Mere words cannot begin to express the increasing excitement your Curmudgeon feels as we approach the climax of the Discovery Institute’s list of their Top Ten stories for the year. But before we continue where we left off yesterday, 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. We discussed the next items in their series in Discoveroids’ Top Ten for 2015 — #6 & #5, and yesterday it was Discoveroids’ Top Ten for 2015 — #4.
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.
Now that you’re up-to-date, we shall continue. Late yesterday the Discoveroids posted #3 of Our Top Stories of 2015: Introducing The Information Enigma, Intelligent Design in a Nutshell. It was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger.
As with so many earlier entries in the Discoveroids’ Top Ten list this year, it’s nothing but a reference to and then copy an earlier blog post. We wrote about this one in October when it first appeared — see Klinghoffer’s Wonderful New Video. Klinghoffer wrote the script for the video, and the Discoveroids produced it. You’ll understand, dear reader, that we’re not going to talk about it again; but we ask you to contemplate that it was one of the Discoveroids’ greatest accomplishments for the year.
And now, as the excitement continues to build, we come to what they just posted today: #2 of Our Top Stories of 2015: Hominid Hype Over a Species of Unclear Evolutionary Importance. 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, which originally appeared in September.
Your Curmudgeon is embarrassed that we didn’t write about it when the thing first appeared, because we didn’t grasp its importance, but here it is: Hominid Hype and Homo naledi: A Unique “Species” of Unclear Evolutionary Importance.
We did, however, write about Hambo’s reaction to that discovery — see Ken Ham Ain’t No Kin to Homo Naledi, but we can’t understand why we ignored Casey. We can remedy that oversight now, so here are some excerpts from Casey’s very important post, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
It has long been recognized that we are missing fossils documenting the supposed transition from the apelike genus Australopithecus to the humanlike Homo. Despite what you may be hearing in the media, Homo naledi does not solve this problem.
Golly — we’ve got problems, and Homo naledi doesn’t help at all. How very disappointing! Casey explains:
Some have envisioned the hallowed intermediate link being a creature with an apelike body and a human-like head.
Yes, the “missing link” still eludes us. The Precambrian rabbit also eludes the creationists, but they don’t seem to worry about that. Let’s read on:
Numerous recent articles have hailed Homo naledi as the newest human ancestor: [links to news stories]. … Ironically, all of these claims are major hype because, as we’ll see, no one knows how old these bones are, and so it’s entirely possible they’re younger than our own species, making it, at present, a very real possibility that it’s chronologically impossible for them to be anything remotely close to our “ancestor.”
It’s tragic how the press desperately hypes evolution. The Discoveroids, on the other hand, don’t need to resort to such tactics. That’s because their theory is The Truth™.
Whoa — we just noticed that Casey’s post is immense! He nit-picks everything, and it’s boring. We’ll ignore most of it out, and jump right to the end:
What will become of “Homo naledi” remains to be seen. So far, though, its pathway reminds me of other hominin fossils whose “transitional” or “ancestral” status ultimately went belly up. A strong dose of healthy skepticism is warranted.
That’s it? Your Curmudgeon is very puzzled. That’s the Discoveroids’ Number Two story for the year, yet it seems to be as trivial and meaningless as the rest of their list. After all the years they’ve been promoting their “theory,” and all the millions of dollars they’ve spent, is that the best they can do?
But wait — it’s not over yet. We haven’t yet seen all of the Discoveroids’ Top Ten list of their greatest accomplishments for the year — only the first nine. They’ll probably get to Number One tomorrow, so stay tuned to this blog!
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