Your Curmudgeon is overwhelmed by what we found today at the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog. The thing is titled Eggshell’s Remarkable Design — A Tribute to Mindless Evolution?
It was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. We’ll give you a few excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis.
Scientists have revealed the delicately designed structure of bird eggs, combining remarkable strength with the capability of being cracked and pierced from within by an otherwise helpless chick in the process of hatching. The paper reporting this research, published in Science Advances [Nanostructure, osteopontin, and mechanical properties of calcitic avian eggshell], is striking with its references to “design.” Yet from this they derive a demonstration of…evolution and its mindless genius.
Whoa — hold on a minute! We seem to recall another creationist who went into ecstasy about eggs. Who was that? Ah yes, we remember — see Kirk Cameron (Banana Boy): The Joy of Eggs. Cameron was the co-star in Ray Comfort’s famous “Banana video”. In his revelation about eggs he declared: “Clearly, the egg is a marvel, designed by a creative genius.”
Now Klinghoffer is joining Cameron. Skipping all his extensive quotes from the article in Science Advances, he says:
The researchers admire the “remarkably designed and evolutionarily persistent avian eggshell,” and they enthuse about the implications for developing new biomimetic technologies … .
Ooooooooooooh! They said “designed”! After that he tells us:
It’s “remarkably design,” [sic] it can “inform design concepts.” Yet guess what? It’s all a tribute not to intelligent design but to unguided evolution.
How could the authors of that paper be so blind? They must be fools! Klinghoffer continues:
The complaint about seemingly imperfect design is often heard from Darwinists as a reason to say that apparent design in biology isn’t real design. An atheist brags about flummoxing an argument for ID based on the human eye by pointing out to an interlocutor, making a case for design, that he’s wearing eyeglasses. Yes, the eyes wear out with age. God wouldn’t do it that way! Neither would a clever human designer. After all, we know that human technology never wears out. Ergo, Darwinism.
Your Curmudgeon has been guilty of that — see Buffoon Award Winner — The Intelligent Designer. But Klinghoffer points out how wrong we were:
Here the logic is exactly reversed. The design of the avian egg is so amazing, so worthy of imitation by human technology, that “when you think about it,” it’s all a magnificent tribute to unguided evolution. Boy, any clever human designer should rush to learn from this!
*Curmudgeon hangs his head in shame* And now we come to the end:
Is any observation, along with its opposite, not evidence for evolution? Sometimes, it seems not.
So there you are, dear reader. When two outstanding thinkers like Kirk Cameron and David Klinghoffer both extol the egg as evidence of divine design, we are compelled to agree.
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