You have certainly heard about Darwin’s Doubt (Amazon listing), the book by Discoveroid Stephen Meyer, which is being wildly promoted by the Discovery Institute. One of the last times we wrote about it was “Darwin’s Doubt” Is Setting New Records, in which we reported that the Discoveroids were ecstatic that the book had received 700 customer reviews on Amazon.
Today at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog, they’re still wild about the book, but they’re furious that the scientific world is ignoring it. Their post, which has no author’s byline, is The Great Cambrian Whitewash. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Stephen Meyer’s book Darwin’s Doubt has been out for almost three years. … It has over 700 reviews on Amazon (78 percent five-star, 6 percent four-star).
That’s a great indicator of scientific merit! We searched, and found a list of the Most Reviewed Items On Amazon. The top three are Harry Potter books. Lord of the Rings is number five, with 3,540 reviews. Anyway, back to the Discoveroids’ post:
When it came out in 2013, it ranked #7 for hardback nonfiction on the New York Times bestseller list. And last year, a follow-up book, Debating Darwin’s Doubt, addressed all the known objections to the original work.
Oh yeah, the sequel. The Discoveroids thought very highly of it — see The Discoveroids’ #1 Story for 2015 Is …. But somehow, fame and glory have been elusive. The Discoveroids think they know why. They say:
To read most of the scientific journals, though, you would think they know nothing about this. … It is simply not possible that the authors of these papers, and the editors of these journals, are unaware of the controversy. Meyer has raised a significant challenge to the usual Darwinian explanation for the sudden appearance of complex animal life in the fossil record. It’s time for the journals to face it and engage the scientific debate.
We sympathize with the Discoveroids. It’s not easy to be at the cutting edge. The frustration they feel must be like that experienced by the genius who proposed the Time Cube. The rest of their post is a wild rant against the cruel world which has denied them the recognition they deserve. We’ll give you a few of their better lines.
After criticizing an article in Nature about the Cambrian explosion, which somehow ignores Meyer’s book, the Discoveroids declare:
Such writing has all the comfort of Pravda telling the captives behind the Iron Curtain, deprived of alternative sources of information, that the famine will soon be over. Science should abjure a closed society. Besides, journals cannot afford the luxury of one-sided propaganda in this internet age.
Journals look foolish when they adopt the three-monkey posture, “Hear no controversy; see no controversy; speak no controversy.” The smart strategy is to deal with it openly, so that consumers in the marketplace of ideas can decide who has the better product.
Yeah, that’s how science should be done — let the public decide! Later in the rant, they return to the Cold War analogy:
Communist ideologues were masters at interpreting every economic condition, including the failures in Russia and the riches in the West, in terms of class struggle and economic determinism. Yet now we look back at the fruits of that closed system. Science should abhor iron curtains.
The Discoveroids think we’re trapped behind the iron curtain of science! And here’s the thundering conclusion:
What are they hiding behind that wall? What do they have to lose by engaging scientific challenges? … The time for détente, for glasnost, has arrived. Good things follow.
Will the world of science wake up and pay attention to the Discoveroids? The Soviet Union eventually collapsed. Perhaps the Darwin conspiracy will do likewise. We shall see.
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