We have big news from the Discovery Institute, dear reader. They introduce their new post with this “Editor’s note”:
We are delighted to welcome a new contributor to Evolution News, our colleague Daniel Reeves, Educational Outreach Assistant with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture.
Wowie — Daniel is an “Educational Outreach Assistant” — whatever that is. Who is this guy? Their bio information for him says:
Daniel Reeves is an Educational Outreach Assistant with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. He holds a BA in Biology with additional graduate studies in Zoology. Before joining the Discovery Institute, Daniel has engaged in both field and laboratory research for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture. He also has a passion for education, and has taught science in both museums and public schools.
They don’t say where his degree is from, so we assume it’s some bible college. Anyway, that’s his résumé. His post at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog is Curricula on Intelligent Design Are Urgently Needed — And Here They Are! What a title! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Representing Discovery Institute as an educational outreach assistant often means sitting at a conference book table and offering a selection of materials related to intelligent design — readings that range from a brief overview of the corrosive social impacts of neo-Darwinism to 600-page technical breakdowns of complex biochemical systems.
Ah, now we understand. “Educational Outreach Assistant” means book salesman. Then he says:
I’ve watched, time after time, as students and professionals alike approach the table with visible enthusiasm only to leave feeling overwhelmed by the vast array and sheer quantity of information available on the subject.
Are they overwhelmed, or revolted? Anyway, Daniel tells us:
I can fully relate. My own journey to learning about intelligent design began in high school, where I became particularly interested in the biodiversity of life and the glaring inadequacy of natural selection as an explanation for it all. A friend handed me a copy of Darwin’s Black Box, by Michael Behe, and I was hooked.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That was the start of his journey. Daniel continues:
Soon, I learned of other titles and was knee-deep in Signature in the Cell — an argument for design from the complex digital codes observed in DNA. By the time I had finished an undergraduate degree in biology and was getting acquainted with Discovery Institute, I had read another dozen or so books on the subject. My head was swimming with so many ideas that I didn’t know where to turn next.
M’god — this guy sounds serious! Let’s read on:
I wondered: How does this all fit together? What other arguments are out there for intelligent design? What are the counterarguments? What I wish I had to start with was a comprehensive curriculum providing a basic framework for all of the technical books and papers I would go on to read in the years to follow. Such a thing, to my knowledge, did not exist. But now it does.
Oh the joy! A comprehensive curriculum for Oogity Boogity! We’ll skip most of the educational wonders he describes, but you may want to know about this one:
Published recently by Discovery Institute Press [Hee hee!], Discovering Intelligent Design is a comprehensive curriculum presenting the biological and cosmological evidence in support of the scientific theory of intelligent design, as well as challenges to neo-Darwinism. Designed for readers ranging from middle-school students (in private or home schools, not public) to adults, this is a perfect place to begin your studies or to gain an overview of the arguments to date.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! It’s published by the Discoveroids, so you know it’s good!
After promoting some more books by Discoveroid authors, Daniel concludes his post with this:
The textbooks are available for sale at the Center for Science & Culture bookstore. I hope these resources will serve you as they have me.
There seems to be a lot of competition in the creationist textbook industry. Hambo sells books. So does the Institute for Creation Research. Daniel has a tough job. We wish him well.
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