When we saw the latest post at the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog we thought: Aaaargh!! Yet another post by Klinghoffer in praise of the new book by Doug Axe. We read it anyway, and although it’s blessedly brief, it’s a gold mine of Discoveroid entertainment.
The title is For Failing to Have a Considered Opinion on Intelligent Design, the Technical Literature Is No Longer an Excuse. Klinghoffer says, with bold font added by us:
The daunting details of technical literature on evolutionary biology function as a shield for evolution theory against scrutiny.
That’s the first sentence. Think about it. The enormous quantity of peer-reviewed research in support of evolution is a shield against considering something as goofy as the Discoveroids’ “theory” of intelligent design. Well, yes it is. We have evidence and the Discoveroids’ don’t, so they have nothing that’s worth considering.
In the Discoveroids’ own words, their Definition of Intelligent Design is as follows: “The theory of intelligent design holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection.” As we’ve often said before, they have a limited répertoire of arguments to support their claim. Their “scientific” arguments all boil down to two oldie-goldies: (1) William Paley’s watchmaker analogy — if something looks designed, then by golly it is designed; and (2) the God of the gaps — anything not yet fully understood is “best” explained by a supernatural agency.
So it makes sense that they feel defensive about having nothing in the peer reviewed scientific literature that supports their nonsensical “theory.” But their latest tactic is to complain that all our evidence is being unfairly used as a shield against them. Okay, what else does Klinghoffer have for us? He says:
An achievement of Doug Axe’s new book [link omitted] is to lower that shield and permit thoughtful readers of all backgrounds to evaluate the merit of our near-universal intuition that life is designed.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Feelings override evidence! Let’s read on:
In a brief video conversation, Dr. Axe explains that his purpose in writing the book was to use his own training as a scientist to answer those like “Science Guy” Bill Nye who, without equivalent training and without having given the needed study to the subject, deny the design intuition.
If you care, you can find that video at Klinghoffer’s post. We haven’t looked at it. This is from Klinghoffer’s final paragraph:
That technical literature also serves as an excuse for the complacent. … With the publication of Undeniable [Axe’s intuition-based book], that excuse looks even more unsatisfactory than it did before.
There you are, dear reader. You’ve always had an intuition that Oogity Boogity was the ultimate answer to all questions, but you suppressed it. Now, thanks to Doug Axe, you’re free to embrace your inner idiot.
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