Lacking any trace of evidence for the existence of their intelligent designer — blessed be he! — who allegedly created the universe, the laws of nature, life, and you, the Discovery Institute likes to find “authorities” who support their mystical claims. Now they’ve got a new one.
They just posted this at their creationist blog: Brian Josephson, Nobel Laureate in Physics, Is “80 Percent” Confident in Intelligent Design. 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.
This is new to me. Brian Josephson is a Welsh physicist and 1973 Nobel laureate who estimates his confidence in intelligent design at about 80 percent. It comes up on in an interview with host Robert Lawrence Kuhn for the PBS series Closer to Truth.
There’s a video of that interview at the Discoveroid post. We haven’t looked at it. Then Klinghoffer says:
Given the choice between ID, theistic evolution, and unguided or “random” evolution, Dr. Josephson opts for intelligent design:
[Alleged quote from Josephson:] I believe that intelligence may play a role in how evolution has occurred. One of the big mistakes of those who attack intelligent design is to regard evolution and God as mutually exclusive, so they say that someone who believes in intelligent design doesn’t believe in evolution, but that’s not the case. Also, I’d say science has disappeared into something political, really, as the statement that “creationism disguised as science” is a totally false view of what’s happened.
How can a Nobel prize winning physicist be so vacuous? There’s a clue in Wikipedia’s write up on Josephson, which says, with our bold font:
In the early 1970s Josephson took up transcendental meditation and turned his attention to issues outside the boundaries of mainstream science. He set up the Mind–Matter Unification Project at the Cavendish to explore the idea of intelligence in nature, the relationship between quantum mechanics and consciousness, and the synthesis of science and Eastern mysticism, broadly known as quantum mysticism. Those interests have led him to express support for topics such as parapsychology, water memory and cold fusion, and have made him a focus of criticism from fellow scientists.
Considering Josephson’s other views, it’s not surprising that he has drifted into intelligent design. What next — the Time Cube? Returning to Klinghoffer’s post, we’re told:
He [Josephson] compares design in evolution to human creativity, and concedes that his ideas about ID may not be consistent with traditional theism. The kicker comes at the end. Kuhn asks: “What is your confidence level, on a scale of 0 to 100, that the design of the process of evolution is by some kind of transcendent intelligence?” Josephson answers: “Well, about 80 percent perhaps,” adding that “materialism would have a hard time if that were known to be correct.” And that is certainly true.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] He’s 80% convinced. What’s stopping him from going all the way?
Klinghoffer, obviously thrilled with the foregoing, adds an unconvincing note of caution. He says:
It need not be added – but I’ll add it anyway – that, obviously, one Nobel laureate’s say-so doesn’t establish the argument for design in biology or cosmology. But this is interesting, and it goes to show something we have seen here before: that once you reach a certain level of stature, and perhaps a certain age as well, you stop feeling the need to self-censor. Then the truth, as you see it, comes out.
Josephson has certainly reached the age (he’s 77) when he can babble about whatever he feels is The Truth™ — for what it’s worth. His colleagues are probably embarrassed for him, but Klinghoffer is thrilled — so this is where we’ll leave him.
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