Yesterday we wrote Proxima Centauri Has Planet in Habitable Zone, which we ended by saying: “Now we await the response from the creationists.”
It didn’t take long for the Discovery Institute to rise to the occasion. Well, “rise” may not be the proper word. This just appeared at their creationist blog: Put Up or Shut Up for Evolution? Nearest “Habitable” Planet Found Orbiting Proxima Centauri. It was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
For materialists, the origin of life and the evolution of complex, even intelligent creatures needs to be a sure thing, or close to it, given a suitable planetary environment. Reportedly Earth-like exoplanets discovered up until now have been far away and difficult to check for signs of alien biology. Not so Proxima b, reported today … .
It’s a “game changer,” the “holy grail,” only a “hop, skip, and a jump” away, physicist Michio Kaku tells CBS, which characterizes the planet as a possible “Earth 2.0.”
Silly materialists! Let’s read on:
A closer look, though, reveals trouble in paradise. Liquid water — perhaps, but also a surface assailed by “ultraviolet and X-ray flares,” and a climate not well suited to make Earthlings, at least, feel at home.
We know all that. Nobody expects the Klingons to be living there. Klinghoffer continues:
All is celebration until it sinks in that with every discovery of a seemingly near-Earth-like planet, evolutionism comes a step closer to a put-up-or-shut-up moment.
What? Here’s more:
Unguided evolution must be baked into the cake, not only on Earth but anywhere like Earth. It must be something blind forces accomplish readily. If it could ever be known that only one planet in the cosmos was graced with biology, that would pose an insurmountable difficult for Darwinists.
The Discoveroids, of course, already know that life on Earth is unique. That’s because their intelligent designer — blessed be he! — arranged the universe so that we’re the The Privileged Planet. Moving along:
Imagining life elsewhere, in the absence of evidence, is more comfortable when Earth-like planets are conjectural, distant, or both.
True. When we had no evidence other than our own world, we were free to speculate that the same natural forces that resulted in life on Earth could do the same elsewhere if conditions were favorable. Creationists use that same data point but reject the blasphemous notion that life is the result of natural forces — thus their claim that life on Earth is a miracle, which can’t occur anywhere else, especially intelligent life. Another excerpt:
The planet orbiting Proxima Centauri is uncomfortably nearby. [Hee hee!] The more Earth-like the exoplanet, the closer it is and the easier to probe for any signature of life, the more materialism may be forced to consider the possibility that a key premise was in error.
See what’s happening here, dear reader? The Discoveroids are making a desperate bet. They’re betting everything — as if they ever had anything — that there’s no life on Proxima b. If there isn’t any, which is certainly possible, then they’ll claim the game is over and they’ve won. But what if some kind of life actually does exist there? They’ve got that covered too. This is the end of Klinghoffer’s post:
Intelligent design can live easily with the idea of inhabited worlds beyond Earth. The more difficult “evolution” looks, though, the more it looks like design.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! As extra-solar planets keep getting sighted, the Discoveroids have been gradually changing their position in a desperate attempt to hedge their bets. Lately they’ve been saying, reluctantly, that there could be some kind of primitive life out there, but surely no intelligent life — see Klinghoffer’s Latest Thoughts on Aliens. So if no life (except maybe bacteria) is found on Proxima b, they’ll be jumping with joy and claiming that evolution has been disproved. It doesn’t take much to make a creationist happy.
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