A big part of the Discovery Institute’s “evidence” for the existence of their intelligent designer — blessed be he! — is the fact that Earth is suitable for life. In their way of thinking, that’s flat-out proof that it was supernaturally designed for us.
Their posts frequently mention this “evidence,” and sometimes it’s amusing enough for us to write about — see, for example: Klinghoffer Insists Earth Is Unique, and also Solar Eclipses — Their Design Is Undeniable. It’s also interesting that other creationists have adopted the Discoveroids’ argument — see Ken Ham Adopts the Privileged Planet Doctrine.
Today the Discoveroids are beating the same drum again at their creationist blog. Their latest is A Panicked Scientist, a Privileged Planet, written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
The special place of the Earth in the cosmos, its privileged situation, as if by design, makes some people very uncomfortable.
Are you one of those people, dear reader? Too bad, because your discomfort is going to get worse. Klinghoffer says:
In fact I got an email yesterday conveying a complaint from a scientist who didn’t like our saying that his research points, as indeed it does, in that direction. I think he was panicked by the association with ID, and from a career perspective you can hardly blame him.
Ooooooooooooh! Klinghoffer got an email from a panicked scientist. Or, perhaps that scientist was complaining that the Discoveroids had misinterpreted his work. We’ll never know. Klinghoffer tells us:
Earth as a Privileged Planet is the theme of a book co-authored by our colleague Jay Richards.
Yes, we know. Jay W. Richards, a Discoveroid senior fellow, along with Guillermo Gonzalez, or “Gonzo” as we call him, co-authored the classic creationist book, The Privileged Planet, a “fine tuning” argument applied to Earth. Richards was a former faculty member at Biola University, a bible college, where he taught apologetics.
An aspect of the impressive evidence on that score [Hee hee!] will receive attention tonight from the new documentary mini-series from the National Geographic Channel, One Strange Rock. Our planet’s view of the sun is critical to life, obviously, but equally critical is that it’s a shielded view. It’s one of the many features of our blue home that must be just right to support our existence, as well as to permit exploration of universe.
Ooooooooooooh! Everything has to be just right! The Discoveroids have previously mentioned that TV series, and that’s when we wrote Discoveroids: A New TV Series To Rant About.
Then he gives us a big quote from an article, presumably discussing the next episode of that TV show, about how conditions on Earth are better for life than on Mars or Venus — especially Earth’s “natural defenses against the sun’s cosmic rays.” That’s supposed to clinch the argument for an intelligent designer. He finishes with this:
They ask, “So, what makes Earth so special compared to its neighboring planets, and how did we end up with these natural defenses?” Well, that is just the question that panicked the poor scientist, isn’t it?
Huh? That’s it? That’s all he’s got? Apparently so. Powerful stuff — at least to the Discoveroid mind. What do you think, dear reader?
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