It’s a rare day when we post twice about the Discovery Institute, but that’s where the entertainment is today. Their latest at their creationist blog is Are Scientists Smarter Now, or Dumber?, written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
A conversation with a friend of our oldest son solicited, if I understood correctly, the observation from this friend that people including students know more, are better educated, than in previous generations, thanks to things like the Internet. This is a very bright and curious young man, but I was dumbfounded by his statement.
Why was Klinghoffer dumbfounded? He explains:
He pointed to the fact that we, as a culture, “know more” than ever before. That is true in a limited sense, but acquisition of data is a long way from having the wisdom to understand and interpret it, which I think is what we mean when we talk about the kind of smarts that really matters. It’s what you do with what you know.
We know what Klinghoffer does with he knows — he blogs for the Discoveroids. That’s really smart. Then he says:
On the gathering specifically of scientific knowledge, our paleontologist colleague Günter Bechly nails it in a comment on Facebook:
[Klinghoffer quotes Günter, the man who was erased from Wikipedia:] My theory is: Scientists nowadays are far dumber than scientists centuries ago, which is a consequence of over-specialization and lack of philosophical education in natural science university curricula. The only reason why we know so much more than centuries ago is time, much larger number of scientists, and much more resources pumped into science, which resulted in an explosion of knowledge acquired by dumber scientists.
Günter thinks you’re stupid, dear reader. And Klinghoffer agrees. He tells us:
This might explain the unthinking dismissal of an idea like intelligent design not just by media people with a tendency to shallowness, but by scientists.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! He continues:
I mentioned here the other day that even professionals in the sciences often seem to have gleaned the little they understand about ID from skimming the main Wikipedia article. ID is a quintessential multidisciplinary field of study, asking us to consider not only biology but chemistry, cosmology, philosophy, and more.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] There’s so much depth to intelligent design! In all those different fields of study, the Discoveroids’ explanation is God of the gaps, and they know that because of the Watchmaker analogy.
And now we come to the end:
As Dr. Bechley points out, the trend to ever greater specialization combined with philosophical illiteracy go a long way toward explaining the condition of our “dumb” scientists.
So there you are, dear reader. Now you know why the Discoveroids think you’re a fool!
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