The latest from the Discovery Institute is truly stunning: Register by Wednesday to See Revolutionary as We Look Forward to the Next 20 Years of ID!. It has no author’s byline. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Join us on August 12 at 7:30 in Seattle to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture! The deadline to register is next Wednesday, August 10, and we’re filling up fast.
We’ll enjoy the premiere of the new hour-long video documentary, Revolutionary: Michael Behe and the Mystery of Molecular Machines, and hear from not only the subject of the film, biochemist Dr. Behe, but other luminaries of the ID community, including Stephen Meyer, Richard Sternberg, and Douglas Axe.
Their post is full of links and videos, but we’ll ignore those. Then we’re told:
ID’s future was prefigured in its intellectual roots, and we’ll be honoring both. Who would have thought twenty years ago that in such a brief time, really, the truly revolutionary case for intelligent design would become a staple in scientific and general cultural discussions? That’s in large part thanks to Michael Behe.
Let us pause for a moment to consider the Discoveroids’ accomplishments in their first 20 years. We discussed their founding manifesto three years ago in What is the “Wedge Document”?, and we reviewed their lofty goals, which we repeat here:
• To defeat scientific materialism and its destructive moral, cultural and political legacies.
• To replace materialistic explanations with the theistic understanding that nature and human beings are created by God.
Five Year Goals
• To see intelligent design theory as an accepted alternative in the sciences and scientific research being done from the perspective of design theory.
• To see the beginning of the influence of design theory in spheres other than natural science.
• To see major new debates in education, life issues, legal and personal responsibility pushed to the front of the national agenda.
Twenty Year Goals
• To see intelligent design theory as the dominant perspective in science.
• To see design theory application in specific fields, including molecular biology, biochemistry, paleontology, physics and cosmology in the natural sciences, psychology, ethics, politics, theology and philosophy in the humanities; to see its influence in the fine arts.
• To see design theory permeate our religious, cultural, moral and political life.
Is it our imagination, or have they failed to achieve every single one of those goals?
Also, their grand project to have the states enact their so-called Academic Freedom bills has been a catastrophic flop. Only two states — Louisiana and Tennessee — have enacted such laws. Their big moment in court to establish the right of local school boards to teach the Discoveroids’ version of creationism was another catastrophe — everyone knows about Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.
Their efforts to efforts to penetrate secular universities have all failed. Even Baylor, a Baptist school, tossed them out — see Intelligent Design’s Brief Shining Moment. Let’s not forget Casey’s failed attempt to start a creationist groundswell on university campuses by setting up IDEA clubs. Wikipedia’s write-up on those is found here: Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness Center.
The Discoveroids have failed at everything. Their grand crusade has gone absolutely nowhere. An interesting indicator can be seen in search engine statistics. Check out this history of Google searches on “intelligent design”. It peaked during the Kitzmiller trial in 2005, then it crashed, and it’s been steadily trending downward ever since.
It seems to us that their only accomplishment after 20 years is that they continued to raise enough funds to stay in business. Anyway, let’s go on a bit with their new post:
What is yet to come? Here’s a guess. As word gets out about the insuperable scientific challenges facing Darwinism, evolutionists will retreat to non-scientific speculations about Gaia, “natural magic,” impersonal sources of teleology, and the like. It’s like the retreat in cosmology to multiverse theory. Anything to evade design.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We’re going to retreat into mysticism, while the Discoveroids dominate the world of science. Yeah, right! And now we come to the end:
The next twenty years are likely to be even more momentous than what we’ve seen so far. Let’s talk about that. Be sure to register now and participate in the conversation.
They won’t be around for another twenty years. It’s a toss-up as to who goes defunct first — Hambo or the Discoveroids.
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