The descent of the Discovery Institute is undeniably visible in the latest post at their creationist blog by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger.
It’s titled Here’s What Happens When You Eliminate Science’s Spiritual Foundations. Science has spiritual foundations? How fascinating! We’ll give you a few excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis.
John Zmirak at The Stream nails it in comments on our colleague Richard Weikart’s book The Death of Humanity.
We wrote about Weikart’s book a couple of months ago — see Klinghoffer: Evolutionists Hate Humanity. As you know, Richard Weikart is the Discoveroid “fellow” who wrote From Darwin to Hitler, which influenced James Kennedy, the now-deceased televangelist who made the influential “documentary” Darwin’s Deadly Legacy. We consider Weikart to be the intellectual godfather of the Discoveroids’ frequently-repeated malicious mantra: “No Darwin, no Hitler.”
Klinghoffer then discusses that review of Weikart’s new book:
As Zmirak observes, science depends on certain “pre-philosophic” axioms, having to do with the universe and its underlying transcendent “rational structure,” that derive not from science but from elsewhere: [big quote from Zmirak].
Here’s a small sample from that insightful review:
None of these assertions about reality were the fruit of intellectuals brooding about the nature of the universe. Instead, they are the lessons the Jewish people took from God’s revelation to them, spread out through their history and recorded in the Old Testament. … These statements cannot be proven like mathematical theorems. … If you accept them, a whole world of new thought and understanding suddenly becomes possible. Reject one or more of them, and you will end up sooner or later in a hopeless cul-de-sac.
Klinghoffer embraces those remarks about the biblical foundations of science, and quotes some more from that brilliant review:
In his profound new book The Death of Humanity, Richard Weikart documents how self-appointed spokesmen for “Science” such as “New Atheist” Richard Dawkins — and thousands who follow his lead — reject the idea of objective morality, free will, and the meaningfulness of life. Instead they blithely insist that everything — every single thing — in human nature can be traced to natural selection and blind variation.
Good, huh? Let’s read on. Klinghoffer says:
If science can survive such an assault, it’s only by existing in a parasitic relationship with religious ideas, a relationship that, however, is strenuously denied at every step.
Foolish scientists! Why do they deny the spiritual foundations of biology? Klinghoffer quotes again from the review, about governmental activity regarding abortions and the treatment of transgendered people, which concludes:
A few more decades of such irrationalism will undermine completely the foundations of research and truth-seeking in the sciences.
No doubt about it — science is in big trouble! Klinghoffer ends his post by referring to what he thinks is conclusive evidence for the points he’s making:
If this sounds needlessly dire to you, go back and watch the video at the top, which I’ve already brought to your attention (as have others), where University of Washington students insist that a thirty-something 5’9″ white guy may in fact be a seven-year-old 6’5″ Chinese woman.
We haven’t looked at that video, and we don’t intend to do so. If you do, dear reader, let us know what we’re missing. Perhaps it clearly demonstrates that, as the Discoveroids insist, science should be a spiritual endeavor, and the longer we refuse to acknowledge that, the more certain it is that science will fail. When that happens, the Discoveroids will be there to pick up the pieces and lead us to a better tomorrow.
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