Look what Santa brought us — it’s the next entry in the Discovery Institute’s list of their Top Ten “achievements” for the year now ending. 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.
We’ve already written about the first two items in their impressive list — see Discoveroids’ Top Ten for 2017— #10 and also Discoveroids’ Top Ten for 2017— #9. Now they just posted Merry Christmas! #8 of Our Top Stories of 2017: Theorist Concedes, Evolution “Avoids” Questions.
As with the first two entries in their list of accomplishments, this one is merely a copy of something they posted before. It appeared four months ago, back in August: Evolutionary Theorist Concedes: Evolution “Largely Avoids” Biggest Questions of Biological Origins, without an author’s byline. It begins by saying:
At this past November’s Royal Society meeting, “New Trends in Evolutionary Biology,” the distinguished Austrian evolutionary theorist Gerd B. Müller gave the first presentation. As we’ve noted before, it was a devastating one for anyone who wants to think that, on the great questions of biological origins, orthodox evolutionary theory has got it all figured out. Instead, Müller pointed to gaping “explanatory deficits” in the theory.
And it ends with this:
Evolution has only “strengths” and no “weaknesses,” you say? Darwinian theory is as firmly established as “gravity, heliocentrism, and the round shape of the earth“? Really? How can anyone possibly maintain as much given this clear statement, not from any ID advocate or Darwin skeptic, not from a so-called “creationist,” but from a central figure in evolutionary research, writing in a journal published by the august scientific society once presided over by Isaac Newton, for crying out loud? To maintain at this point that “All Is Well” with evolution you have to be in a state of serious denial.
We ignored it at the time because it was merely about the undisputed fact that there’s more work to be done, and it didn’t have anything to do with the Discoveroids’ “theory” about an intelligent designer — blessed be he! — who allegedly created the universe, the laws of nature, life, and you.
But shortly thereafter we wrote Hot News: Evolutionist Admits Theory Is Wrong! That was about an article from the Baptist Press which discussed the same thing, and referred to the Discoveroids’ interpretation of events. As we said then:
We’ll be charitable and avoid saying that the Baptist Press is deliberately giving us a gross distortion of Müller’s remarks, but their article is clearly the result of their misunderstanding, or perhaps wishful thinking, which isn’t uncommon when creationists discuss science. So don’t be misled, dear reader. The latest reports about the collapse of evolution are, shall we say, somewhat exaggerated.
And so, dear reader, that’s the latest Earth-shaking development in the Discoveroids Top Ten list. We can’t wait to learn about the next seven items. What further wonders await us? Stay tuned to this blog!
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