We’ve often said that the creationists at the Discovery Institute have created an imitation of the accouterments of science. They have their own, in-house “peer reviewed” journal, BIO-Complexity, their own creation science research facility, the Biologic Institute, and their own “peer reviewed” vanity press operation, (Discovery Institute Press). This has caused intelligent design to be described as a cargo cult.
Keep that in mind as we look at the latest item at the Discoveroids’ blog: Science as Cargo Cult – More Thoughts on the “March for Science”, written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
When even Slate turns against a “progressive” event like this weekend’s March for Science, you know something’s wrong. Harvard Medical School instructor Jeremy Samuel Faust complains about the weird, mindless cult-like atmosphere infusing much of the adulation directed at “Science.”
He’s talking about this article at the Slate website: The Problem With the March for Science. It’s just what Klinghoffer has been looking for. He quotes from the thing:
Being “pro-science” has become a bizarre cultural phenomenon in which liberals (and other members of the cultural elite) engage in public displays of self-reckoned intelligence as a kind of performance art, while demonstrating zero evidence to justify it.
[T]he march revealed the glaring dissonance of opposing that trough of ignorance by instead accepting a cringe-worthy hive-mind mentality that celebrates Science as a vague but wonderful entity, what Richard Feynman called “cargo cult science.” There was an uncomfortable dronelike fealty to the concept — an oxymoronic faith that information presented and packaged to us as Science need not be further scrutinized before being smugly celebrated en masse. That is not intellectually rigorous thought — instead, it’s another kind of religion, and it is perhaps as terrifying as the thing it is trying to fight.
See what happened? Feynman’s remark is described in this Wikipedia article: Cargo cult science, which says: “Cargo cult science comprises practices that have the semblance of being scientific, but do not in fact follow the scientific method.”
The Discoveroids, who are running a cargo cult, found someone who wasn’t impressed by the crowds at the March on Science, and who suggests that the crowd’s attitude toward science resembles a cargo cult. That’s all we have here — and it’s an observation that could probably be made about any crowd at any public demonstration — but it’s a gift from heaven to the Discoveroids. Klinghoffer readily admits:
This is…well, frankly it’s remarkably close to our own take on the event.
Isn’t this great? From one guy’s blog article criticizing the crowd at a public demonstration — which had nothing to do with any specific scientific teaching — Klinghoffer feels that his creationist career has been vindicated, so he unleashes his hatred of science itself:
And then there’s the very different view that says science has closed all the books and figured out everything in need of being figured out. The debate is over, and properly so. Thus the public needs only to absorb a set of doctrines, while scientists themselves engage in a kind of apologetics campaign. The conclusions are preset and only need to be conveyed for the public’s benefit. In this perspective, that of many of the science marchers, science is rendered as a kind of religious faith. That may explain why it treats rival religions the way it does.
Science is a religion? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Now Klinghoffer sounds like ol’ Hambo. After that he refers to some Discoveroid video that says:
[A]dvocates of materialist ideology habitually portray science as being in a state of perpetual warfare with Judeo-Christian faith.
The Discoveroids, whose view of the world is inherently mystical, certainly agree with that. This is the end of Klinghoffer’s brief post:
In fact, the latter tradition [religion] was the “seedbed” of science, as Jay [that’s Jay Richards, a Discoveroid “fellow”] points out, not its persecutor. But the rival religion, Science as Cargo Cult, feels an imperative to compete with and blacken the reputation of its competitor. Hence the myth of unending warfare between the two.
It’s incredible. Now that someone has described some crowds at a public demonstration, the Discoveroids can promote a whole new dogma. They’ll be saying that all of science, especially “Darwinism,” because of its “materialism” — i.e., its disregard of the supernatural — is a cargo cult. “True” science (which would certainly include the Discoveroids’ “theory” about a supernatural designer) grew out of and is compatible with religion, and that’s why materialist science is at war with it.
All clear now? We’re the cargo cult, and the Discoveroids are the true scientists. Yes, it’s beyond bizarre, but we can expect to see more this theme in future Discoveroid propaganda.
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