The Discoveroids’ April Fool’s Day Post

You know about the Discovery Institute’s creationist seminar, about which we last wrote Discoveroids’ 2017 Seminar — Still Time To Apply.

That was four days ago. The Discoveroids still had some openings for their annual event, and the deadline for applying was 04 April. Okay, fine — although we remarked:

It’s amazing, considering the global interest in the Discoveroids’ “theory,” that the seminar isn’t already over-subscribed.

We assumed that the next time they blogged about the thing would be when it was over, and they told us about what an outstandingly successful event it had been. But we were wrong. In the four days since we wrote about it, they’ve blogged about the event five more times. Here are their recent postings, in chronological order:

• 28 March: Countdown Begins: Summer Seminars Applications Due April 4

• 29 March: Summer Seminars on Intelligent Design: A “Life-Changing Experience,” But Time’s Running Out to Apply

• 30 March: Summer in Seattle with Meyer, Sternberg, Axe, and More — Don’t Miss the Deadline for Seminars on ID!

• 31 March: Four Days to Apply for Summer Seminars! Where Your Education in the Science of ID Starts

• 01 April: No Fooling: Don’t Delay — Three Days Left to Apply for Summer Seminars

Does it appear to you, dear reader, that the Discoveroids seem a wee bit desperate to find people willing to attend their seminar? Let’s take a look at their most recent post on the subject, which appropriately appears at their creationist blog today — April Fool’s Day. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

What do these names have in common? Stephen Meyer, Douglas Axe, Ann Gauger, Jonathan Wells, Michael Behe, Jay Richards, Richard Sternberg, Paul Nelson, John West.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We could have a lot of fun telling you what those people have in common, but that would be somewhat juvenile so we won’t bother. Your Curmudgeon tries — not always successfully — to run a classy blog. However, we will say one thing in answer to the Discoveroids’ question: It appears that those names outnumber the people who have signed up to hear them speak.

This is what the Discoveroids say those names have in common:

Yes, they are just some of the outstanding scholars who will serve as faculty for our 2017 Summer Seminars on Intelligent Design. Why not learn from the best?

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Then they say:

Upper-division undergraduates and graduate students in the sciences and humanities are invited to apply. Spend nine days in Seattle, July 7 to 15, examining the science behind ID and the cultural stakes in the evolution debate.

Spend nine days with those people? Nine days? M’god! After that they tell us:

But it’s no April Fools’ Day lark when we say time is running out to apply. The deadline is Tuesday, April 4.

They say it’s no joke — but we think it’s extremely amusing that the Discoveroids still have openings for the event. Here’s one final excerpt:

The Summer Seminars are intended as the first step on the road to a career in scholarship considering the evidence for design in nature and the cosmos, and the implications of that evidence.

The rest of their post is a link where droolers can find information about the seminar and an application form. We’ll let you click over there if you’re interested.

This is great April Fool’s Day material — and the funniest thing is that the Discoveroids don’t realize it.

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26 responses to “The Discoveroids’ April Fool’s Day Post

  1. “…as the first step on the road to a career in scholarship considering the evidence for design in nature and the cosmos, and the implications of that evidence.”

    As opposed to the more traditional path of getting an education *before* deciding on the results of your “scholarship.”

  2. Michael Fugate

    A career writing blog posts at Evolution News?

  3. Every discoveroid post is April 1st.

  4. The Discoveroids have gifted us with a list of their luminaries and the challenge:

    What do these names have in common?

    I know, I know! Pick me! They are all remarkable anagrams, to wit:

    Stephen Meyers: Enter My Sheep
    Douglas Axe: Use A Lax God
    Ann Gauger: Garage Nun
    Jonathan Wells: Nonlethal Jaws
    Michael Behe: I Belch A Heme
    Jay Richards: Carry Jihads
    Richard Sternberg: Rancher Bred Grits
    Paul Nelson: Anus Pollen
    John West: Newt Josh

    Could blind undirected chance explain this remarkable fact? Or is this not indeed further proof of deep cryptic design in nature!

  5. Christine Janis

    For prolific author Stephen Meyer I prefer “Heresy met pen”.

  6. But what a pity we have lost the renowned Attack Gerbil, Casey Luskin, also known as:

    Sinus Lackey
    Slinky Cause
    Lunacy Skies
    Easily Snuck
    Sensual Icky
    Uneasy Slick
    Lackeys In US
    Acne Is Sulky
    Unless I Yack
    Any Lie Sucks

  7. Anagrams for Megalonyx:

    Angel My Ox
    My Gal Oxen

  8. Christine Janis

    @ Megalonyx. I vote for the last in the list.

    Meanwhile, William A Dembski yields some interesting ones

    Likable Dim Swami
    Blame dismal kiwi
    Mislaid weak limb

    I need to work on this myself. I can usually get better anagrams than the generator, it just takes longer.

  9. Michael Fugate

    Fun anagrams.

    It is also interesting that their best “scientists” publish primarily religious works – given their publishers e.g. HarperOne, Free Press, Discovery Institute.

  10. Eddie Janssen

    I love ‘Blame dismal kiwi’

  11. docbill1351

    Or take David Klappertrapper … please!

    Nauseating sociopath
    Foul nasty vomitous whack-a-doodle
    Vile odious deplorable deplorable
    Contemptible icky gross slug
    Bumbling bovine bolus

  12. Dr.Christine Janis reveals

    I need to work on this myself. I can usually get better anagrams than the generator, it just takes longer.

    Careful! The DI will take that as proof that Intelligent Design beats out blind undirected algorithms.

    Maybe you could write up an article to that effect and submit it to the DI’s captive BIO-Complexity journal and see if they’ll take it? 🙂

  13. @ docbill1351: Yep, those work. But I still prefer the genuine anagram from ‘David Klinghoffer’:

    Fervid God Half-Kin

  14. docbill1351

    In 2007, the Tooter’s demented doctor Egnor was being particularly egnorant provoking howls of derision in the comments section at the Panda’s Thumb blog.

    On April 1st, 2007, the Pandas’s Thumb posted a link to a terrifying revelation – Egnor had been hoaxing us. Egnor confessed that it was so easy to fool Darwinists that he wrote the most stupid, most brain dead, most ignorant and arrogance (hence “egnorance” – a willful combination of ignorance and arrogance), and obvious nonsense on purpose just to make a point.

    Well, you could have knocked me over with a feather! I had fallen for the Egnor Hoax hook, line and sinker. But, yes, it was obvious that NOBODY was that stupid. Nobody REALLY thought the brain was like a cell phone and God was like ATT. Oh, man, I felt bad for being so HAD! My fake news radar was totally dead.

    However, all’s well that ends well. A sharper Panda’s Thumber than I noticed that the link provided went to a website that only looked like the Tooter’s site, but it was fake! Yes, that Panda’s Thumb staff created Egnor’s false confession. I felt sort of relieved and bad at the same time. So many emotions!

    Alas and alack, it turned out that Egnor was whacky as a loony bird, and still is, I imagine, which is not all that great a thing.

  15. Christine Janis

    “Fervid God Half-Kin”

    Bourbon up through nose onto keyboard

  16. docbill1351

    “Bourbon up through nose onto keyboard” is the anagram for Casey Luskin.

  17. Ross Cameron

    ‘The Summer Seminars are intended as the first step ‘ One step forward, two steps back.

  18. To paraphrase Ali, “This promises to be a thrilla in Seatlela!”

  19. Mark Germano

    Just imagine: In nine days, the shining stars of the ID movement will have ample time to explain every single bit of original ID research they’ve ever done. And they’ll still have almost nine full days for other fun activities!

  20. Let’s not forget my old favourite, the Good Rev David Rives.

    Smelling like pig s*** and half as useful.

    Does Mega (or somebody else) have a genuine margana for him?

  21. Michael Fugate

    I like the word fervid…
    dig oh fervid flank
    drink off hag devil
    Someone mentioned Egnor
    echoing lamer
    aching elm roe

  22. ‘Garage nun’ is just too fitting for someone in a fake laboratory.

  23. Dave Luckett

    Ah, the Discovery Institute:

    Cottised University
    Indecisive touts try
    Cretinised ivy stout.
    Discoveries? It nutty!
    It’s seduction, verity.
    Visit suety doctrine:
    Deistic voyeurs tint
    Diciest vein tryouts,
    Vent trusty idiocies.
    Iconised, verity tuts.
    “Unto recidivist stye,
    Contrived Yeti suits!”

  24. I think the Mother Lode of crypto-meanings (indubitably placed therein by the Intelligent Designer Him/Her/It/Them sel[-f/-ves]) is probably Cornelius Hunter, also known as:

    I Ensure Horn Cult
    I Lecture Unshorn
    Hurl Esoteric Nun
    Run! Lush erection!
    Hercules Iron Nut
    Lecherous Tin Urn
    Lusher Centurion
    Unclothe Insurer
    Neutrino Lurches
    Hornier Clues Nut
    Enshrine Our Cult

    And a zillion more, of which an alarmingly-high number are totally unsuitable for a family-oriented blog such as this.

    Kids: don’t try this one at home!

  25. And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
    Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
    And then is heard no more. It is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
    Signifying nothing.

  26. Christine Janis

    “Enshrine our cult.” Perfect!