It used to be fun to follow the antics of the Discovery Institute. For years, they were an amusing variation of the typical creationist website — carefully avoiding biblical references and referring to their deity as the “intelligent designer” — in the silly hope of slipping past the well-established barrier separating church and state so they could restore the teaching of creationism in public schools. We explained their motives and methods in Intelligent Design, the Great Incongruity.
But lately they’ve been drifting into incoherence, and it’s difficult to make any sense out of their posts. Well, their “science” never made any sense, but at least we knew what they were trying to accomplish. Now it’s difficult to understand what’s going on.
A good example of the Discovery Institute’s new style — if one can call it that — is the latest post at their creationist blog: On Human Fire Use, Anthropologists Miss the Point. It was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. We’ll give you a few excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis.
If you follow popular and scholarly writing on anything to do with evolution, the massive gaps in what these people say, what they allow themselves to see, are unsurprising. At [What Are Our Best Clues To The Evolution Of Fire-Making?] [g]uess what gets left out?
What omission did the Discoveroids notice? Klinghoffer says:
If you’re been around the block with evolutionists, you’d likely predict: This will largely be about the timing of our primordial fire use. There will be comparisons with chimps. Nothing will be said about the remarkable set of circumstances – from chemical, to anatomical, to planetary – that make our use of fire possible in the first place and that biologist Michael Denton [a Discovery Institute “senior fellow”] identifies in his work. There will be nothing about how fire, the key to the rise of civilization and modern technology, gives every evidence of being intended, carefully planned, for our discovery.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Those godless evolutionists don’t mention that fire was intended and planned for our use! How could they be so blind?
After that, Klinghoffer quotes from the godless evolutionist article which says that new evidence in human evolution is being announced at a “dizzying rate,” and he tells us:
What’s really dizzying is the consistency with which mainstream science blinkers itself to hard, factual evidence of design in nature.
Mainstream scientists are fools! Klinghoffer continues:
As [Discoveroid] Michael Denton explains in a brilliant monograph, Fire-Maker Book: How Humans Were Designed to Harness Fire and Transform Our Planet, and in an excellent video that summarizes his thinking [link omitted], we and the world we live in appear deliberately contrived to make the use of fire possible, by humans and only humans. The “path” to this development in our history was “already built into nature.”
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Then he quotes something about metallurgy written by Alfred Wallace, who is admired by the Discoveroids because he became a bull-blown mystic late in life — see Discoveroids Adopt Alfred Wallace as Godfather. After the Wallace quote, which doesn’t seem particularly relevant, Klinghoffer says:
Wallace was ahead of his time in, ultimately, arriving at a conclusion that anticipates the modern theory of intelligent design.
Yes, in his late-life descent into madness, Wallace anticipated the “modern theory of intelligent design.” Klinghoffer wraps it up with this:
To miss these things requires a special kind of blindness that seems to affect academics in our culture almost universally.
The only sense we can make out of posts like that is that they are somehow pleasing to the Discoveroids’ generous patrons — who provide them with about $5 million each year. If you, dear reader, can figure out any other reason for such material, perhaps you could enlighten us.
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