The Discovery Institute has no coherent theory, no data, and no credible research. So what do they do to promote their agenda? For one thing, they make up imaginary enemies and wage a fake intellectual war against them. The Wedge Document, their founding manifesto, declares in its introduction:
The proposition that human beings are created in the image of God is one of the bedrock principles on which Western civilization was built. Its influence can be detected in most, if not all, of the West’s greatest achievements, including representative democracy, human rights, free enterprise, and progress in the arts and sciences.
Yet a little over a century ago, this cardinal idea came under wholesale attack by intellectuals drawing on the discoveries of modern science. Debunking the traditional conceptions of both God and man, thinkers such as Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, and Sigmund Freud portrayed humans not as moral and spiritual beings, but as animals or machines who inhabited a universe ruled by purely impersonal forces and whose behavior and very thoughts were dictated by the unbending forces of biology, chemistry, and environment. This materialistic conception of reality eventually infected virtually every area of our culture, from politics and economics to literature and art.
Discovery Institute’s Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture seeks nothing less than the overthrow of materialism and its cultural legacies.
The grouping of Darwin with Marx and Freud makes no sense. The Discoveroids seem to dimly recognize this, because they rarely write about their Terrible Troika (or Toxic Triumvirate). The last time they did we wrote Darwin, Marx, and Freud: The Evil Threesome.
Marx was evil — or insane, or both. As for Freud, we’ve never studied his work, and he seems to be irrelevant these days — at least he is to us. As for Darwin, he was neither a commie nor a psychoanalyst, but a wealthy, law-abiding gentleman, whose theory of evolution is the bedrock of modern biology. Tossing him into a trio with the other two is … well, it’s bizarre.
Anyway, the Discoveroids are writing about the threesome again. The new essay at their creationist blog is Darwin, Marx, and Freud: The Genealogy of “Posthumanism”, by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as the Discovery Institute’s journalistic slasher and poo flinger, We’ll give you some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis.
Klinghoffer begins by complaining about Posthumanism, a topic we’ve ignored, but which Wikipedia says has at least seven different definitions. Klinghoffer quotes a Discoveroid who blogged about something by Cary Wolfe. Wikipedia says:
[Wolfe] currently teaches English at Rice University. He has written on a range of topics, from American poetry to bioethics. He has been a significant voice in recent debates in Animal Studies and advocates a version of the posthumanist position.
Wolfe was a co-author of something that appeared in the New York Times — Is Humanism Really Humane? Klinghoffer quotes Wolfe:
There is, in fact, a genealogy of posthumanist thought that stretches back well before the 21st or even 20th century. You find hints of it in anything that fundamentally decenters the human in relation to the world in which we find ourselves, whether we’re talking about other forms of life, the environment, technology or something else.
Darwinian thought was a huge step in this direction. So was Marx’s historical materialism or the Freud of “Civilization and Its Discontents.” [Klinghoffer’s bold font.]
That is sufficient for Klinghoffer. In his final paragraph he says:
Darwin, Marx, and Freud — the trio who did so much to give us modern culture with its deformities. Exactly how posthumanism cashes out in contemporary cultural terms is the subject of a detailed study with new polling data by John G. West, [link omitted]. Download it now.
Sure — go ahead and download it, if you have nothing better to do. As you know, West pretty much runs the Discoveroids’ creationist “think tank,” and he was the first winner of the Curmudgeon’s coveted Buffoon Award.
So what was the point of this post? It’s a good reminder that the Discoveroids are sticking to the blueprint laid out in their Wedge Document for waging a counter-revolution against the modern world. For more about that, see one of the first posts we ever wrote for this humble blog: Discovery Institute: Enemies of the Enlightenment.
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