Your Curmudgeon is delighted. This is that time of year when news of The Controversy between evolution and creationism is scarce, and we find ourselves scrambling to find things to blog about. It was especially bad this year because on Kitzmas, the Discovery Institute broke with their long tradition and failed to post a rant about the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District decision.
But fear not. They’re maintaining another year-end tradition, which is posting about their Top Ten “achievements” of the year now ending. Today their hilarious series begins. As is usual in such a series, they’re working their way up from the bottom, and they’ll probably reach their Number One creationist news story on New Year’s day. These are the momentous accomplishments that have thrilled the Discoveroids and their generous patrons this year. Are you ready? Okay, let’s get started.
They just posted #10 of Our Top Stories of 2017: Nobel Laureate Is “80 Percent” Confident in Intelligent Design. It was written by Klinghoffer. We’ll give you some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis.
The thing begins with what seems to be an introduction to the whole Top Ten list. We consider it a warning that you’re about to enter The Drool Zone:
These aren’t the news topics you saw covered most extensively in the lockstep mainstream science media, with its devotion to Darwinian materialism. On the contrary, we specialize here in evolution and science stories you won’t find elsewhere else.
Now it starts:
The following article was originally published on June 28, 2017.
Klinghoffer links to and literally copies an old post of his at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog: Brian Josephson, Nobel Laureate in Physics, Is “80 Percent” Confident in Intelligent Design. We wrote about it at the time — see Discovery Institute Has Another Guru
Since Klinghoffer copied his post, we’ll copy the introductory paragraph to ours:
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.
Josephson’s name has never popped up again, and it’s no wonder. According to his write-up at Wikipedia:
Josephson became interested in philosophy of mind in the late sixties and, in particular, in the mind–body problem, and is one of the few scientists to argue that parapsychological phenomena (telepathy, psychokinesis and other paranormal themes) may be real. In 1971 he began practising transcendental meditation (TM), which had become popular with several celebrities, most famously the Beatles.
Winning the Nobel Prize in 1973 gave him the freedom to work in less orthodox areas, and he became increasingly involved – including during science conferences, to the irritation of fellow scientists – in talking about meditation, telepathy and higher states of consciousness. In 1974 he angered scientists during a colloquium of molecular and cellular biologists in Versailles by inviting them to read the Bhagavad Gita (5th – 2nd century BCE) and the work of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of the TM movement, and by arguing about special states of consciousness achieved through meditation.
If that’s how the Discoveroids start their Top Ten list, you can imagine how exciting the next nine items will be. What further wonders await us? Stay tuned to this blog!
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