The Discovery Institute is attempting to create an ancient intellectual lineage for itself, much as a homeless waif might fantasize that he has a noble ancestry. We’ve seen this in several instances where they’ve adopted long dead people into what we call their Hall of Ancestors. The last time we wrote about it was Anaxagoras Joins the Discovery Institute.
As everyone knows, intelligent design “theory” was concocted to be a bible-free form of creation science that its promoters jazzed up with science-sounding terminology, hoping it would somehow slip through the First Amendment and find its way into public school science classes. The actual history of the Discoveroids’ bogus theory was exposed in the crucible of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. In that opinion, Judge Jones, relying on expert testimony from witnesses like Barbara Forrest, traced the brief history of the intelligent design movement. After a review of the significant cases that tried to ban evolution or promote creation “science,” he said:
The concept of intelligent design (hereinafter “ID”), in its current form, came into existence after the Edwards case was decided in 1987. [That was a reference to Edwards v. Aguillard.]
You can read the Kitzmiller opinion here. Our quote from Judge Jones is on page 24.
Desperately trying to ignore the disclosures in Kitzmiller, the Discoveroids are claiming that their movement has ancient and honorable roots. Casey tried it a couple of years ago — see Casey Rewrites Intelligent Design’s History.
The Discoveroids’ latest effort in their Orwellian history revision campaign is Excavating the Intellectual Roots of Intelligent Design. 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. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
There’s a pair of matching, bookended myths about intelligent design — one pertaining to its origin, the other to its purported demise. Darwinists claim ID goes back about as far as Michael Behe’s 1996 book Darwin’s Black Box and that a judge in Pennsylvania finally ruled it out as science in 2005 [a reference to the Kitzmiller case]. Therefore a lifespan of just under ten years. Even most dogs live longer than that.
Yeah, those are myths. For the “real” story, let’s read on:
We’ve pointed out before that judges — even federal ones appointed by President G.W. Bush — don’t get to decide, for all time, huge questions of science like whether nature reflects purpose.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Judges do it all the time — for litigation purposes. That’s how junk science is kept out of the courtroom — see Daubert standard. (Hat tip to Derek Freyberg, one of our commenters, who mentioned it earlier.) Klinghoffer continues:
Science historian Michael Flannery addresses the corresponding myth of ID’s recent origins. Others have pointed to Plato and Aristotle as design proponents, but Professor Flannery traces it back to a Pre-Socratic, Anaxagoras.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Flannery wrote the earlier Discoveroid post about Anaxagoras. The rest of Klinghoffer’s post is about a video, or maybe it’s just a voice recording, of Flannery talking about Anaxagoras. If you’re interested, it’s there, waiting for you. We’re done here.
Oh, wait — while we’re talking about ancient roots, we spotted this at PhysOrg: Disbelieve it or not, ancient history suggests that atheism is as natural to humans as religion. It would seem that atheism is even older than intelligent design. But don’t tell Klinghoffer. We wouldn’t want to upset him.
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