A couple of weeks ago the Discovery Institute posted With More Information About the Royal Society Meeting, Let’s Not Boost Expectations Too High, about a biology conference sponsored by the Royal Society. The theme of the conference, starting on 07 September, is “New trends in evolutionary biology: biological, philosophical and social science perspectives.” You can read about it here.
We assume the Discoveroids weren’t invited to participate. Their post was bitter, in which they said:
We don’t want to raise anyone’s expectations too high. Here’s a metaphor that may help in clarifying what’s happening. Imagine a city surrounded by a high wall. … But the high wall is always there, as an absolute barrier to free movement or development. The Royal Society meeting will explore what can be done within the walls of naturalism or materialism, to fix evolutionary theory (meaning theories about the origin and diversification of living things by natural processes). Yet if one reads through the abstracts, long-unsolved problems, such as the origin of life itself (which, pace evolutionary biologists, most definitely is a part of the evolutionary picture), the origin of complex systems, animals, etc. — all those stand untouched. Because there is only so much one can do within the walls of naturalism.
If life is not the product of undirected physical processes, then one simply will not be able to solve that problem, no matter where one goes within the city. You have to open the gates and see what may be waiting outside, as we do here at Evolution News [the Discoveroids’ creationist blog].
We thought that was the whole story — at least from the Discoveroids’ viewpoint, but today they just posted British Invasion: ID Scholars to Gather at Cambridge University for “Beyond Materialism” Conference. It was written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
While looking forward to the Royal Society meeting in London that promises to examine “New trends in evolutionary biology,” November 7-9, we’ve cautioned not to boost your hopes through the roof. But feel free to let expectations soar as top international scholars advocating the theory of intelligent design gather just days later, November 12, for some supplementary programming, “Beyond Materialism: Biology for the 21st Century.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The Discoveroids, having been shut out of the Royal Society’s conference, have arranged their own conference. Klinghoffer says:
Scientists and scholars from the U.S., U.K., Israel, Germany, and Sweden will speak, including Discovery Institute stars Stephen Meyer, Douglas Axe, Ann Gauger, and Paul Nelson. Our cosponsor is the Centre for Intelligent Design U.K. Yes, it’s no coincidence that this follows on the heels of the Royal Society gathering, so there will be plenty to discuss.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] It’s a gathering of giants! Then we see this about the Discoveroids’ conference:
Questions to be considered:
• “What if information, and not physical or material causes, provides the key to understanding biology?”
• “What are the principles governing the origin and transmission of biological information?”
• “Does materialism restrict our intellectual freedom to explore the full landscape of causal possibilities?”
• “Do recent scientific discoveries provide evidence that human beings are more than mere animals?”
How could the Royal Society ignore those issues? They must be fools!
Klinghoffer provides a link to information about the Discoveroids’ event, and another link with registration information. Then he repeats that metaphor about a city surrounded by a high wall — apparently oblivious to the fact that cities built walls to keep the barbarians outside. He says:
Our counterprograming promises a look over the walls at the fascinating landscape beyond. Please join us in Cambridge for a great day as we explore provocative ideas in biology with some new and important personalities from around the world.
Klinghoffer imagines that those materialist Darwinists at the Royal Society will look silly when their event is compared to what the Discoveroids will be doing. However, our ancestors built walls around their cities for a good reason. Let the Discoveroids frolic outside, if they wish, but we’re not letting them in.
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