Discoveroids: A New TV Series To Rant About

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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8 responses to “Discoveroids: A New TV Series To Rant About

  1. So science programs are to be commented for describing Earth and the human race as “unusual” because this supports intelligent design? Horse manure!

    It’s perfectly possible to describe our planet and its environs that way without invoking ID. “Unusual” isn’t the same as “unique” (scientists couldn’t use the latter word without examining the entire universe first, which is impossible).

    As for good old Homo sapiens, so what if we’re unusual, or even unique? The same thing could be said of many other species; they’re just unusual in different ways. But I suppose creationists would simply argue that that proves design as well, in that if evolution is true one (that is, they) might expect species to be more alike than they are. Just how much more, they wouldn’t say, because there’s no way of quantifying that assertion, which makes it useless.

  2. Michael Fugate

    Speaking of intelligent design – did anyone see the new paper on the cockroach genome? Roaches are “designed” to live in your house and avoid death by almost anything you can throw at them. They are the über-organism. Which points to God as an insect, no?

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/mar/20/cockroaches-dna-reveals-why-they-thrive-in-filthy-places

  3. Its just a propaganda show to indoctrinate the young into the Illuminati agenda. We know the astronauts (actors really) are lying as they show pictures of a spherical earth when in fact it is FLAT!!! And they are trying to brainwash the young into believing evilution is true!!! Its all fake news!!!! ;-}

  4. The series is going to delight the ID camp until they mention evolution. Ken Ham will be furious the first time he hears “millions of years”.

  5. “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…”

    Huh? Sure, we now know there are many suns with planets, but we don’t know much about those planets. Compared to the planets we know most about, those of our solar system, each of them, including the earth, could be described as unique. Unusual in the context of other planets? Who knows, maybe new telescopes will tell us. Regardless, the earth is a fascinating place. Discoveroids need to get over their manufactured slights.

  6. I was lucky enough to be part of a segment filmed for this show. Unfortunately, I’m going to guess my part won’t make it to the final cut. However if someone who has the NatGeo channel watches the show, let me know if there is a segment filmed on the Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia.

  7. Be aware that Nat GEO was bought by Murdoch/Fox in 2015 and they have started peddling new age (magic gemstones?) and religious crap (bible stories are true) in the last couple of years. Don’t be surprised if this pending “documentary” falls into the same bottomless pit.
    https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/?s=%22National+Geographic%22&searchsubmit=Find+%C2%BB

  8. Hans Ø. Tjelle

    What? Since when has this ever been a taboo? Most popular scientific publications are only barely aware of ID or creationist viewpoints. They frequently use words such as these without giving any thought to any materialistic agenda.