The long, tension-filled wait is over, dear reader. At last we have the full listing of the Discovery Institute’s Top Ten triumphs for the past twelve months. They’ve been working their way up from the bottom, and now, on the first day of the new year, they have revealed their Number One creationist news story. To maintain the suspense, we’ll save that for later in this post.
Yesterday, in Curmudgeonly Happy New Year, we said:
Their Number Two event of the year is Doug Axe’s book — see #2 of Our Top Stories of 2016: Douglas Axe Liberates Readers from Tyranny of Evolution “Experts”. We’ll discuss that tomorrow, along with the event they regard as Number One.
As promised, we’ll discuss Number Two, but only briefly. As with the other items in their list, it’s a copy of something that appeared at their blog earlier, on 12 July 2016, titled In Undeniable, Douglas Axe Liberates Readers from the Tyranny of Evolution “Experts”, by Klinghoffer.
We had written about that book earlier — see Klinghoffer Gushes over Book by Douglas Axe, but the Discoveroids had been writing so many times about Axe’s book that we skipped the post which is in their Top Ten list. However, we wrote about it again the day after Klinghoffer’s Number Two post — see Klinghoffer: Scientists Praise Axe’s New Book. We thought we had written about Axe and his book often enough, but here’s an excerpt from the post that made it to their Number Two position:
Axe concludes that Darwinian explanations are not just unlikely, merely implausible, but “physically impossible.” He explains how he reached this conclusion, on a journey of his own from undergraduate days at UC Berkeley, PhD at Caltech, and on to Cambridge University where he was a postdoctoral student and research scientist, finally expelled for his association with ID. Axe is currently director of Biologic Institute.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Axe was expelled because of his devotion to creationism. But he seems to have recovered. The Biologic Institute is the Discoveroids’ very own captive research lab, where the work is done and reviewed only by them, so you know it’s good. Another excerpt:
He [Axe] explains how the natural intuition of design is not only innate but intellectually, scientifically valid, confirmed by what Axe calls “common science.” … Practicing science is something we all do, even if we never venture into its rarefied aspects. The design intuition is suppressed by many of us, unnaturally so, and that is the dirty little secret of evolutionary biology.
Right. So if your only qualification for doing science is that you have a Doctor of Drool degree from a mail-order diploma mill, your opinions are as good as anyone’s.
Okay, that’s enough. Now we move on to the news you’ve been waiting for — the Discovery Institute’s Number One creationist story for the year. Here’s their announcement: #1 of Our Top Stories of 2016: Happy New Year! Why the Royal Society Meeting Mattered.
Some of you predicted this, and we commend your perspicacity. Their announcement is a repeat of what they previously posted on 05 December 2016: Why the Royal Society Meeting Mattered, in a Nutshell.
They flooded their blog with an arkload of articles about that subject, and we started writing about it back in October: The Discoveroids’ Alternate Reality Conference. The Discoveroids weren’t invited to participate in the Royal Society’s conference, so they arranged their own conference. A month later we wrote The Discoveroids’ Cambridge Conference. Although the Discoveroids refer to it as their Cambridge conference, it wasn’t a university event. They merely rented a hall at the Cambridge campus, and the speakers were either Discoveroids or fellow-travelers.
Anyway, we didn’t bother to write about the Discoveroid post that is now enshrined as representing their Number One event of the year. You can read it if you care to do so, but we still don’t see anything there worth excerpting.
Okay, dear reader — that concludes the Discoveroids’ Top Ten listing of what they regard as their greatest events of the year. Clearly, it’s been an utterly wretched year for them. For your permanent collection of creationist treasures, here’s the rest of their Top Ten list, as reported by us:
• Curmudgeonly Christmas 2016 (#10 and #9)
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