The Discovery Institute has degenerated to the point where their arguments are no better than the silly taunts used by children on the playground. Two good examples of this appear at their creationist blog, both written by 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 some excerpts from both of them, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
The first is Zombie Science: Jonathan Wells on Convergence Versus Common Ancestry. Note the expression “zombie science.” We often remark that no creationist argument, regardless of its idiocy, ever dies — it just gets recycled, endlessly. Now the Discoveroids are saying that about evolution. It’s a good example of tu quoque (Latin for “you too”). One can hear such arguments at any schoolyard: “I’m not a poop-head; you’re a poop-head!” Watch how Klinghoffer does it:
This in a recent news item at Science Daily surprised me: “Convergent evolution is one of the fundamental predictions of evolutionary theory.” Oh, really?
He’s talking about this article: Distant fish relatives share looks, which says:
Dr Aaron Davis from the Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER) at JCU said the phenomenon, known as convergent evolution, happens when different fish adopt similar lifestyles and evolve through time to look very similar. … Convergent evolution is one of the fundamental predictions of evolutionary theory.
For additional background, Wikipedia has an article on Convergent evolution. It’s not a controversial subject, but the Discoveroids don’t like it. Klinghoffer says:
So, evolutionists say convergence confirms evolution? On the contrary, as biologist Jonathan Wells observes in a new video conversation, convergence is a major problem for Darwinian theory.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! See The Genius of Jonathan Wells. When one Discoveroid quotes another, you know there’s nothing outside of creationist lore to support what they’re saying. Klinghoffer concludes with this:
Darwinism is quite a theory. Everything and anything confirms it. However, says Wells, “A theory that explains everything really explains nothing.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! As we’ve pointed out on numerous prior occasions, it’s the Discoveroids’ “theory” that is consistent with everything, because their intelligent designer — blessed be he! — did everything, so whatever is found is his glorious handiwork. Klinghoffer gave us nothing but a tu quoque argument.
His next brilliant post is The “Evolution Is as Real as Gravity” Talking Point, in which he tells us:
Comparing evolution with gravity is a standard talking point with Darwinists, as in this headline from The Evolution Institute [Evolution Is As Real As Gravity ] that a friend points out:
[Klinghoffer quotes from the article:] Evolution is still all too often (but wrongly) downplayed as “just a theory” in public discussions. This is partly due to an unfortunate misunderstanding of what a theory means in science, as opposed to its common language meaning. Evolution by natural selection is much more than just a hypothesis, and is as much a valid and well-accepted scientific theory as the theory of gravitation. What Darwin did for biology is on par with what Newton did for physics — and mathematics plays an important role in both theories.
What can Klinghoffer do with that? He quotes someone named “Jonathan” who made some comment somewhere:
I’ll be interested when a physicist proclaims ‘gravity is as real as evolution.’
Klinghoffer is impressed. He says:
Yes, evolution needs to associate itself with something factual, whereas gravity has no such need. That is kind of telling.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s the problem with evolution — it’s not associated with anything factual — unlike the wondrous works of the intelligent designer. When such comments are made, we usually recommend Evolution as Fact and Theory by Stephen Jay Gould. Klinghoffer continues:
If any physicists out there would like to take this challenge – Tell us how gravity is as solidly established as evolution – it would be fascinating to see an article to that effect published by The Gravity Institute, if they ever get around to launching one.
Update: Huh, I spoke too soon. There is a “Gravity Institute,” a nonprofit out of Montreal with a Facebook presence devoted to sharing pretty nature videos. Nothing to do with gravity, or evolution, as far as I can tell.
Aside from that blunder about the Gravity Institute, what did Klinghoffer say? It amounts to this: “You say evolution is as factual as gravity? Well, we say it’s not. You’re a poop-head!” That’s intelligent design at its best!
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