Two Items from the Discovery Institute

We usually don’t do this, but here we’ll talk briefly about two separate posts at the creationist blog of the Discoveroids. Neither has an author’s byline.

The first is Oceans Full of Design. The thing drools on and on about how gosh-darn pretty Plankton are. They say, with our bold font:

Some look like miniature spaceships. Some look like tiny jewel boxes. Others look like miniature versions of shrimp. They constitute most of the biomass on the planet, regulate earth’s carbon and oxygen, and provide food for fish, birds, and blue whales — the largest animals to ever grace the earth.

Thrilling, huh? They continue like that, so we’ll skip everything until the end, where the creationism is unloaded on us:

We’ve taken a brief look at microscopic organisms with a big job: regulating the carbon and oxygen cycles of the whole planet. They’re implicated in nitrogen and phosphorus regulation as well.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! They don’t “regulate” anything, at least not the way someone sitting at a control panel fiddles with switches and dials to achieve some pre-determined outcome. They’re just organisms, doing whatever it is that such organisms do. The creationist gushing continues:

How did the earth get along before these amazing creatures “evolved”? Don’t ask the evolutionists, because they didn’t say.

We don’t say, because responding to nonsensical questions is supremely futile. This is the last of it:

Here’s what makes earth stand out from all the exoplanets that the Kepler spacecraft is finding. It’s not just water. It’s not just air. Only the earth, as far as we know, is filled with functioning creatures that do what they do because of complex specified information — the hallmark of intelligent design.

While you’re pondering that, we’ll move on to their next post: Book by Douglas Axe Shows the Key to Understanding Origins Is the “Design Intuition” — Pre-Order Now!

Axe is one of the Discoveroids’ intellectual giants. They refer to him as “Douglas Axe of Biologic Institute.” As we’ve mentioned before, the Biologic Institute is supported by Discoveroid grants. It’s their own captive research lab. The Discoveroids’ imitation of the accouterments of science has caused their “theory” of intelligent design to be described as a cargo cult.

Okay, here’s a bit of what the Discoveroids say about Axe’s new book, with bold font added by us:

In a new book, Douglas Axe of Biologic Institute turns this standard assurance on its head. In Undeniable: How Biology Confirms Our Intuition That Life Is Designed [Amazon listing], Dr. Axe restores the place of intuition alongside intellect in considering the question of life’s origins.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh — intuition! [*End Drool Mode*] Let’s read on:

Throughout his distinguished and unconventional career, engineer-turned-molecular-biologist Axe has been asking the questions that much of the scientific community would rather silence. Now, he presents his conclusions in this brave and pioneering book. Axe argues that the key to understanding our origin is the “design intuition” — the innate belief held by all humans that tasks we would need knowledge to accomplish can only be accomplished by someone who has that knowledge. For the ingenious task of inventing life, this knower can only be God.

Okay, that’s sufficient. It’s good to see that the Discoveroids are making so much progress.

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17 responses to “Two Items from the Discovery Institute

  1. waldteufel

    It’s my intuition that Axe’s “distinguished career” as a hack at a pretend “lab” has resulted in no real progress of knowledge.. Until Axe gets this rubbish peer reviewed and presented in a legitimate journal, it may be safely dismissed as the rantings of a kook.

  2. Christine Janis

    I note that, like Darwin’s Doubt, this book is published by HarperOne.

    http://harperone.hc.com/about/

    HarperOne is committed to publishing the most important books across the full spectrum of religion, spirituality, health, personal growth, social change, relationships, and creativity, adding to the wealth of the world’s wisdom by stirring the waters of reflection on the primary questions of life and inspiring readers to make change, both inside and out.

  3. Eric Lipps

    Here’s what makes earth stand out from all the exoplanets that the Kepler spacecraft is finding. It’s not just water. It’s not just air. Only the earth, as far as we know, is filled with functioning creatures that do what they do because of complex specified information — the hallmark of intelligent design.

    Note carefully that “as far as we know.” That gives these people wiggle room in case an extraterrestrial world with “functioning creatures” on it is found.

    As for “complex specified information” being “the hallmark of intelligent design”–note again the careful use of a qualifier, in this case “specific”–which can be used to mean whatever creationists choose to make it mean, just like one of their other favorite words, “kind.”

  4. michaelfugate

    One would think that having Wells with a Cal PhD, Axe with a CalTech PhD, Gauger with a UW PhD, etc. that the Biologic Institute would be able to even the tiniest bit of science. Writing apologetics is a sorry waste of resources.

  5. Christine Janis

    And just in case anyone was in any doubt about the — cough — scientific nature of this book, this book is advertised right under the Amazon description

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1433549832/ref=amb_link_468672682_1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=hero-quick-promo-books-atf&pf_rd_r=1R9CAESV8087HWTZNVGM&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_p=2474996442&pf_rd_i=0062349589

  6. docbill1351

    Well, as if there was any doubt, the Disco Tute has totally given up on the “scientific” merits of ID creationism. Now it’s “intuition.”

    Wow, dude, have you ever looked at your hand, dude? I mean, dude, like really look at it. Like, wow!

    So, gone is Dembski’s Nixplanatory Filter – he declared the concept dead some years ago. Dembski’s “no free lunch” hypothesis is similarly dead. Behe’s Irritable Complexity has been disproven over and over and over again, although Zombehe keeps bringing it up. “Functional Complexly Specified Nonformation” has never been defined, has no metric of measurement and is impossible to calculate; also a dead concept.

    The only constant in the Disco Tute universe is that baby Jesus loves Klankerwanker, but only God knows why!

  7. michaelfugate

    Thanks Christine.
    Jen Wilkin must know things no one else does. How could she find out all these things about god? or is “None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing)” a work of fiction?

  8. Casey, come home!!!

  9. And we have a pretty good idea what the earth was like at each stage as life started messing with the environment. cf Banded Earth Formations.

  10. docbill1351

    Actually, the book looks pretty interesting!

    I think I’ll be ordering a copy! (I vant to bite your neck!)

  11. docbill1351

    Turns out Axe’s book with the plagiarized title is the first of a trilogy. The next books in the series will be:

    Unbelievable

    Unhinged

  12. michaelfugate

    The blurbs on the back are mostly emeritus cranks. Scott Turner is interesting. He doesn’t think design needs intelligence, but seems to attract an ID crowd. I am not sure why he would promote Axe’s book.

  13. I thought that picture of plankton looked familiar. The Dishonesty Institute had to delve back into the 19th century work of Ernst Haeckel, a man they despise, for his drawings since they themselves don’t/can’t do any research on the subject.

    So is what Axe saying something like ‘I think I’m right ergo I must be right. No evidence or research required.

  14. michaelfugate

    If the earth seems stationary and the sun seems to be revolving around the earth, then this is a much better answer than any given by scientific investigation. Always go with your gut – no matter if evidence shows you to be wrong.

  15. If one visits the biologic website, this is address shown under the contact link Biologic Institute

    Biologic Institute
    16310 NE 80th Street
    Redmond, WA 98052
    USA

    Google Maps shows an office building there, and street view shows the building – with no sign indicating “biologic institute” – and the window that shows businesses at that location does not include “biologic institute.”

    So – where is the institute? Where are their labs? If they are in this building, do they just have three or four offices?

  16. More info – here is the real estate ad for the building. The Biologic Inst. is purportedly on the first floor, in suite 102, although they are not listed.

    http://www.officespace.com/redmond-wa/building/55473-16310-ne-80th-street

  17. @Ed:
    If one visits the biologic website, this is address shown under the contact link Biologic Institute

    Biologic Institute
    16310 NE 80th Street

    I know where that is, I’ll drive by sometime and check it out. It might be where they store their greenscreens.