You may not be able to handle this post all at once, dear reader, because it’s twice as exciting as our earlier entries in this series. This is about the next two — yes, two! — entries 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.
Yesterday they posted #6 of Our Top Stories of 2017: Dan Brown Pushes Atheism and Intelligent Design. Wait…What? As with their earlier entries in this series, it’s a copy of something they posted before — from October: Dan Brown’s New Novel Pushes Atheism and Endorses Intelligent Design. Wait…What? Klinghoffer wrote it.
It’s not about Discoveroid research revealing the identity and methods of their supernatural designer — blessed be he! — of which there is none. Instead, it’s about the publication of a new novel — yes, that’s right, a work of fiction. Here’s a link to it at Amazon. Klinghoffer ended his October post with this:
He [Dan Brown] appears to have waded a little distance into the design debate. Will he go further? We’ll look forward to his next book and see.
We ignored that the first time around, and we see no reason to spend any time on it now, so we’ll move on the next item in the Discoveroids’ Top Ten list. They posted this today: #5 of Our Top Stories of 2017: Of Course You Aren’t Living in a Computer Simulation. Here’s Why.
Yes, it’s a copy of an earlier Discoveroid post, this one from back in July: Of Course You Aren’t Living in a Computer Simulation. Here’s Why. It was written by Michael Egnor — that’s his write-up at the Encyclopedia of American Loons.
As with most of the other items in the Discoveroids’ Top Ten list, we weren’t impressed enough at the time to write about it. At the end of his July post, Egnor said:
We couldn’t ask the question “Are we living in a computer simulation?” if we were living in a computer simulation. The irony here is that, of all the possible fundamental truths of reality, the notion that we are living in such a simulation is the one we can rule out simply because it’s self-refuting. If we are living in a computer simulation, we couldn’t think to ask the question.
If you can figure out why that’s one of the Discoveroids’ greatest achievements of the year, please explain it to us.
So there you are, dear reader — the next two Earth-shaking items in the Discoveroids’ Top Ten list. Only four more remain — and they’ll be even better! But so far we’ve seen no research, no data, no science at all — just propaganda, public relations, revival meetings, quote mining, and endless invocations of the God of the gaps, the Watchmaker analogy, and the joys of Oogity Boogity!
We can’t wait to learn about the remaining items in their Top Ten list. What further wonders await us? Stay tuned to this blog!
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