This is big news, dear reader. Look what just popped up at the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog: Summer Seminars on Intelligent Design Offer the Opportunity to Join the World of ID Scholarship. It has no author’s by-line.
Take a moment to let the meaning of that title sink in. You’re being offered the “opportunity” to join the “world of ID scholarship”! Isn’t this what you’ve been looking for? The Discoveroids have these seminars every year. We wrote about the one from last year in The Discovery Institute’s Annual Seminar.
We know you’re excited, so let’s plunge in without further delay. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
You can spend hours reading about intelligent design, its arguments and evidence, but there’s no substitute for personal interactions with the top scholars in the field. That’s especially true for rising scientists and scholars interested in advancing ID-related research themselves.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Every sentence of this Discoveroid post is pure comedy gold. It reminds us of those advertisements in 1950s comic books that promised popularity if you learned to play the accordion.
Are there “rising scientists” interested in “ID-related research”? Where will they find jobs doing such research? Universities? No — except for bible colleges, they don’t recruit or promote people like that. The biotech industry? Pharmaceutical firms? No again. Private industries employ tens of thousands of scientists in the fields of biology, biochemistry, etc., but they don’t recruit intelligent design “scholars,” and they don’t waste their money doing “creation science.” Where are all the opportunities for the “rising scientists” the Discoveroids want to indoctrinate? Let’s read on:
Intended primarily for college undergraduates (juniors and seniors) and graduate students, the Summer Seminars offer the opportunity to learn from the stars of the ID community — like Stephen Meyer, Douglas Axe, Michael Behe, Jonathan Wells, Ann Gauger, Richard Sternberg, John West, Paul Nelson, Robert Marks, Scott Minnich, Jay Richards, and more.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! A constellation of intellectual giants! After that we’re told:
The next Seminar will take place in Seattle from July 7 to 15. It is an invaluable chance to take a first step in what might be the beginning of a career in advanced ID research. [Hee hee!] We’ve seen many of our graduates go on to just such promising futures. You’ll be hearing from them in due course.
That should be fun. We never hear from their “graduates” in the science journals, so we’re curious as to where they work and what they’re doing. The Discoveroid post continues:
There really is no deeper way to explore the science of ID or its relevance to the humanities. See here [link omitted] for reviews from our past students. The deadline is April 4. Questions? Reach us at [link omitted].
We must warn you, dear reader, that they won’t accept just anyone. One of their links leads you to Summer Seminar on Intelligent Design in the Natural Sciences, which says:
Admission Requirements: You must be currently enrolled in a college or university as a junior, senior, or graduate student. Required application materials include (1) a resume/cv, (2) a copy of your academic transcript, (3) a short statement of your interest in intelligent design and its perceived relationship to your career plans and field of study, and (4) either a letter of recommendation from a professor who knows your work and is friendly toward ID, or a phone interview with the seminar director.
One last excerpt from the Discoveroid post:
We cover room and board, with travel scholarships available based on need. If you’re not a student, we also hold open a small number of spots for professionals, professors and scientists, clergy [Huh?], and teachers. If you know someone who might be interested and qualified, please spread the word.
The rest of it is a pitch for donations to help them carry on “this crucial intellectual struggle,” so this is where we’ll quit. Now it’s up to you, dear reader. Go for it!
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