The excitement and tension are almost unbearable as the Discovery Institute slowly reveals their Top Ten triumphs of the past twelve months. As is usual in such a series, they’re working their way up from the bottom, and they’ll probably reach their Number One creationist news story on New Year’s day. We understand how valuable their list is, so for your permanent collection of creationist treasures, here’s their list so far, as reported by us:
• Curmudgeonly Christmas 2016 (#10 and #9)
We’re getting ever closer to learning what their Number One story is, because today they just posted #3 of Our Top Stories of 2016: Poll Shows Broad Support for Teaching Evidence For and Against Darwin. It’s a repeat of something that appeared at their creationist blog on 01 February 2016: For Darwin’s Birthday, Poll Shows Broad Support for Teaching Evidence For and Against Darwin’s Theory. When we first read it we wrote Discoveroids Poll on Teaching Intelligent Design.
It was about the results of a phony poll — no, that’s a bit harsh — a dubious poll conducted by the Discovery Institute, using the audience provided by SurveyMonkey (Wikipedia article). We said:
At the SurveyMonkey website, they tell us: “We’ve got millions of real people in our survey panel ready to tell you what they think.” In other words, although most people hang up when a polling outfit calls, SurveyMonkey has a population they’ve already selected that wants to be polled, and are eager to sound off on whatever is presented to them. Also, it seems that if you want to make a survey of this audience, you can write your own questions.
The Discoveroids’ post claimed, with our bold font:
Just in time for Charles Darwin’s birthday on February 12, a new nationwide survey reveals that 81 percent of American adults believe that “when teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution, biology teachers should cover both scientific evidence that supports the theory and scientific evidence critical of the theory.”
The poll was conducted by Discovery Institute using SurveyMonkey Audience, which randomly sampled the adult members of its nationally representative panel of more than 6 million U.S. residents.
About which we wrote:
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s how the Discoveroids worded the poll question? It assumes that there actually is “scientific evidence” critical of evolution. It’s not surprising that 81% of those who responded felt that such evidence shouldn’t be suppressed.
A more objectively-worded question would be whether biology teachers should cover only scientific evidence — period — without the built-in implication that some evidence is being suppressed.
We ended our post with this:
The only important consumers of this “information” are the generous patrons of the Discovery Institute, and we imagine that they’re thrilled with the results.
So there you are, dear reader. That’s the Discoveroids’ third-greatest event of the year. There are only two more to go in their Top Ten listing. What further wonders await us as their list approaches its climax? Stay tuned to this blog!
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