This is simultaneously one of the strangest and most revealing posts we’ve ever seen at the creationist blog of the Discovery Institute. 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. The title is A View of the World Fueled by “Nothing Special”. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Everything we talk and write about here at Evolution News is unified by our common defiance of a persuasive but damaging view of the world. The worldview we critique is unified by the attitude that everything human beings have held to be precious really isn’t special at all.
Okay, that’s the big picture. Then he refers to some Discoveroid articles that critique your view of the world, about which he says:
In other works [sic], people are nothing special. By the same token, Darwinian evolution dispenses a narrative whereby dead compounds generated life by a series of chance happenings involving matter and energy. Thus microbes led to man. Nothing in this chain of being is special. Our planet isn’t special, either. According to this same line of thinking, countless parallel Earths exist, including exoplanets inhabited by living, even intelligent beings.
How dreary! We’re nothing special. But the Discoveroids want to be special, so they know you’re wrong. Klinghoffer tells us:
Just as the winner of a state lottery is nobody special, at least not by virtue of having won a lottery, our universe, our planet, us — none of this is precious. None of it occurred by design. None of it means anything in an ultimate sense. As atheist Bill Nye has memorably put it, speaking for the human race:
[Purported quote from Bill Nye:] I am just another speck of sand. And the earth really in the cosmic scheme of things is another speck. And the sun, an unremarkable star, nothing special about the sun. … And the galaxy is a speck. I’m a speck on a speck orbiting a speck among other specks among still other specks in the middle of specklessness! I suck!
Klinghoffer doesn’t provide a source for that alleged statement by Nye, so we searched around trying to verify it, but without success. It doesn’t matter, we’re dealing with the Discoveroids. Klinghoffer continues:
“I suck”: that is the anthem of the Nothing Special movement that seeks to do away with what Wesley Smith calls human exceptionalism. Science — junk science — is a vehicle for the drive to wipe out the idea of mankind’s special status in the world, along with the unique responsibilities that brings with it. Politics and history are other vehicles.
You advocate what Klinghoffer refers to as “junk science,” dear reader. Let’s read on:
Because after all, not only do I suck, but so do you, and so does our country. Our friend and colleague Michael Medved’s upcoming book [link omotted] takes on the Nothing Special view as applied to U.S. history. That history is chockfull of what can only be called the uncanny, suggesting the working out of a preconceived plan.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] American history is part of the Great Plan of the designer — blessed be he! Now Klinghoffer puts it all together:
Between the view that says, about everything it sees, “That sucks, we suck, I suck,” and the opposite view, there lies a great chasm. And what should we call that opposite view? There’s no more accurate descriptor than “intelligent design.”
Isn’t this thrilling? Another excerpt:
Between these opposing perspectives, a battle of ideas is being fought. Once it might have been fought over the battleground of religion, philosophy, politics — or literally over a battlefield, between armies of soldiers employing weapons of war. Today, because the prestige of science casts all else in its shadow, the fight is over science.
Yes — science is the enemy! And now we come to the end:
It’s a depressed teenager’s nihilism — but proved by science! — versus an exalted picture of the cosmos and our place in it. Few us are untouched by the demoralizing belief that nothing’s special. It’s powerfully ascendant in our culture, so how could we be unmoved by it? Who is right? Who will prevail? On that question, it seems to me, the future of our culture depends.
The Discoveroids are obviously on the right side, and you, dear reader, are horribly misguided. In the alleged words of Bill Nye … well, you know.
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