It could be only our imagination, but it seems that the Discovery Institute is becoming increasingly extreme in their anti-science propaganda. An example is what we found at their creationist blog today: Darwin and Data — “Cutting the Toes to Fit the Shoe”, by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Science historian Michael Flannery had a really rich and fascinating discussion with CSC research coordinator Brian Miller about Darwin’s materialism — its origins and the fruit it finally bore.
[*Groan*] Flannery is the Discoveroids’ favorite historian. He’s some kind of librarian at the University of Alabama, and he’s also an adjunct instructor of history and sociology — splendid qualifications for a Discoveroid. He’s very keen on the non-existent Darwin-Hitler connection — see Discovery Institute: Hitler, Hitler, Hitler, Part VI.
What was the result of Flannery’s “really rich and fascinating discussion” with another Discoveroid? Klinghoffer says:
The popular picture of Charles Darwin casts him as the assiduous, objective gatherer of scientific data, only reluctantly reaching the conclusion he did: life as the product of strictly unguided material forces. In fact, as Professor Flannery explains, the groundwork or “template” of Darwin’s materialism had been established years before, through the influence of family and friends — notably at the University of Edinburgh where he joined the free-thinking Plinian Society and met Robert Edmund Grant.
For some reason, they don’t mention that after Darwin left Edinburgh, he went to Cambridge to study to become an Anglican clergyman, but he eventually gave that up to pursue his nature studies. Anyway, Klinghoffer tells us:
The seeds of his thinking were planted well before our scientist embarked on the Beagle or set foot on the Galápagos Islands. It was largely a case of “cutting the toes to fit the shoe” — theory first, worry about the data later.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! No one can read Origin of Species and conclude that Darwin didn’t care about data, but Klinghoffer’s audience would never read read the book, so their minds are open. He continues:
Flannery tells how the great man, his family, and followers contributed to the myth of Darwin as a fact-driven scientist, much as they sought to massage the reality of Darwin’s “agnosticism,” which is a less aggressive way of saying his “atheism.”
Ah yes, “the myth of Darwin as a fact-driven scientist.” Let’s read on:
Why does it matter? Because Darwinists follow much the same path today. Blindness to evidence of design in biology, the refusal to consider this evidence, is a function of the backwards relationship between theory and data.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Darwinists today are blind “to evidence of design in biology.” And what is that “evidence”? As we’ve said so many times before, the Discoveroids’ only “evidence” for intelligent design is either the god of the gaps argument or else William Paley’s watchmaker analogy.
Klinghoffer’s brief post ends with this:
Flannery is a great source of background and insight. Listen to the podcast now [link omitted].
The amazing thing is that — thanks to their generous patrons — the Discoveroids are paid to do this sort of thing; and it actually impresses their slack-jawed, drooling, empty-headed fans.
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