The Discovery Institute likes to blog about science documentary series that show up on television, so they can complain about the wicked evolutionary slant they invariably detect. A good example is their year of rants about Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Cosmos series — see, for example: Klinghoffer: Tyson Is Smooth, Cunning, & Snarky.
Now they anticipate another series they can rant about. They just posted this — without an author’s byline — at their creationist blog: From National Geographic, New TV Series to Violate Materialist Taboo? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
On March 26, National Geographic will premiere a new ten-part cable TV series titled One Strange Rock. The show is about life on Earth, and it features what National Geographic is best known for — beautiful nature footage. It will be hosted by Will Smith and feature several astronauts, who will give their space-based perspective on Earth. Here’s the trailer [One Strange Rock Trailer], and there are more on the website.
Why are the Discoveroids calling attention to this series? They say:
At first glance, it looks like this will be little different from other recent National Geographic and BBC nature documentaries. However, given the reigning materialist impulse to constantly downgrade our place in the cosmos to the common, banal, and unremarkable, calling our planet “strange” sounds almost…insurgent. It’s a strong taboo: Neither the Earth nor the human race is allowably described as unusual, because that could suggest (shudder) intelligent design, some destiny or purpose behind our existence.
Ooooooooooooh! The series may violate the Darwinist taboo about suggesting that Earth may be The Privileged Planet deliberately created by the intelligent designer — blessed be he! Let’s read on:
Yet the short description of the new series in the current issue of National Geographic magazine (March 2018) reveals several aspects that could be of special interest. On page 71, a brief announcement of the series describes it as follows: “Take a thrilling tour of one of the universe’s most peculiar places — Earth.”
Ooooooooooooh! The Discoveroids continue:
Then starting on page 78 are three stunning pullout illustrations detailing “13 things that make life on Earth possible.” The article begins with a statement worthy of agreement: “Earth is well equipped as a planet and ideally placed in our solar system and galaxy to support life as we know it.”
Ooooooooooooh! It’s as if they were trying to prove the Discoveroids’ “theory” of intelligent design. After that they tell us:
The illustrations cover three important concepts relating to Earth’s habitability: geophysical processes, the circumstellar habitable zone (described as “not too hot or too cold”), and the galactic habitable zone (described as “a safe location”).
Ooooooooooooh! It sounds like rock-solid proof of creationism! And now we come to the end:
It will be worth watching to see how the program treats these “Rare Earth,” aka “Privileged Planet,” factors.
This is exciting, dear reader. We eagerly anticipate the new series, and the Discoveroids’ reaction.
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