We’ve been tracking the rantings of the Discovery Institute for quite some time now, but today they posted what must be their all-time worst — in our humble opinion, of course. Imagine having a mile-high load of camel dung dumped on your home. That would be infinitely preferable to what we found today at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog.
Their ghastly ark-load of ordure is titled Darwinian Lysenkoism in America.
Let that title sink in for a moment. Roll it around in your mind. You know who Trofim Lysenko was. Wikipedia says:
Lysenko was a strong proponent of soft inheritance [Inheritance of acquired characteristics] and rejected Mendelian genetics in favor of pseudoscientific ideas termed Lysenkoism. … Lysenko did not believe that genes or DNA existed, and only spoke about them to say that they did not exist. …. Unable to silence Western critics, Lysenko tried to eliminate all dissent within the Soviet Union. Scientists who refused to renounce genetics found themselves at the mercy of the secret police. The lucky ones simply got dismissed from their posts and were left destitute. Hundreds if not thousands of others were rounded up and dumped into prisons or psychiatric hospitals.
The Discoveroid masterpiece about “Darwinian Lysenkoism” was written by Michael Egnor — that’s his write-up at the Encyclopedia of American Loons. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Lysenko opposed the Mendelian aspects of the modern Darwinist synthesis, but he embraced much of Darwin’s original theory, which has strong Lamarckian themes. The Soviet Union was quite sympathetic to Darwin’s theory, and in fact Marx and Engels embraced Darwinism enthusiastically.
Verily, dear reader, Egnor has produced something far beyond a Vesuvius of Vomit. It’s like a flash flood of feculence that would fill the Grand Canyon. Oh, if you need any rebuttal to that claim about Marx and Engels, see Marx, Stalin, and Darwin.
Now, just in case your brain is still intact, Egnor says:
Lysenko, good Communist that he was, endorsed a broadly Darwinian understanding of man.
Your Curmudgeon is utterly stumped for a response. There is no analogy, no expletive, nothing we can deploy that will even remotely do the job. But Egnor goes on. He tells us:
The real evil of Lysenkoism is that it was government-enforced science — state-sanctioned science that was exempted by law from criticism. Soviet scientists who questioned the favored theories were Expelled: they were stripped of their positions, driven out of the scientific community, and not infrequently consigned to labor camps and executed.
Egnor refers, of course, to the Discoveroid propaganda film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. Hey — if you think this Discoveroid essay has been bad so far, wait ’til you wee what comes next. The supernova of sewage continues:
Lysenkosim is the use of government power to enforce scientific orthodoxy. It is the use of courts and police power to exempt officially approved scientific theories from critique. Lysenkoism has flourished in America for decades. Questioning Darwinian orthodoxy in America will not merely get you in trouble with the scientific powers-that-be; in certain situations, it is a matter for the courts. See, A Reflection on the Dover Anniversary.
That link was to Egnor’s 2015 rant against Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. He didn’t say it then, but now he’s claiming that Judge Jones’ triumph of judicial reasoning is an example of Lysenkosim.
Okay, that’s it! We’ve had enough. There’s more, but we’re stopping here. Click over there and read it all, if you like.
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