Almost two weeks ago we wrote Is the Octopus an Alien Species? A British tabloid was all excited about about a strange article, Cause of Cambrian Explosion – Terrestrial or Cosmic?, which somehow got published in Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology. At the end of our post we said:
We can expect a wild reaction from creationist websites. We’ll be watching for it.
Sure enough, it was the subject of an article in WorldNetDaily (WND), about which we wrote WorldNetDaily and the Octopus.
The latest creationist reaction is from the Discovery Institute. Their post is titled With New Theory of the Cambrian Explosion, Scientists Reach (Literally) for the Stars, and it has no author’s byline. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
This one is not to be missed. It’s a new scientific paper, “Cause of Cambrian Explosion —Terrestrial or Cosmic?”, that argues for panspermia. In other words, the seeding of life on Earth from outer space. Published in the journal Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology, it comes bearing an impressive array of over thirty authors from credible institutions around the world. The journal’s editors are themselves highly credible, including Denis Noble of Oxford University.
Darwinists will respond with the usual mirthless hyena laughter. But this is no joke.
Actually, it is a joke, in the sense that the journal in which that article appears has seriously compromised its credibility. Then the Discoveroids say:
Proponents of intelligent design will be talking about the paper for a long time [as we predicted] because it addresses the same problems that theorists like Discovery Institute’s Stephen Meyer seek to solve — the origin of biological information [Hee hee!], the origin of life, the origin of new genes, the Cambrian explosion, the abrupt appearance of other complex life on Earth, and even human origins.
If you don’t yet know about “information” — the imaginary problem that intelligent design solves — see Phlogiston, Vitalism, and Information. It’s one of those creationist inventions, like the non-existent barrier between micro and macro evolution, that they “solve” with their supernatural designer. Verily, with the publication of that paper in an actual science journal, the Discoveroids’ prayers have been answered. They tell us:
Regarding the abrupt appearance of animals, the paper proposes that “cryopreserved Squid and/or Octopus eggs, arrived in icy bolides several hundred million years ago” and that this helps explain “the Octopus’ sudden emergence on Earth ca. 270 million years ago.” That’s right: they argue, among other remarkable proposals, for alien octopi and squid from the stars.
Regarding the origin of life, they say a “miracle” would be needed for it to have occurred on Earth: [they quote from the goofy paper]. Their solution? “A cosmological origin of life thus appears plausible and overwhelmingly likely to us.”
Wowie — it’s almost as if they invoked the intelligent designer! The Discoveroids continue:
And the origin of new genetic information? It comes from viruses, which they call “among the most information-rich natural systems in the known Universe,” having, again, been transported to Earth from space: [quote from the goofy paper]. So they argue that the information needed to build complex life arrived on Earth before complex life arose:
Ooooooooooooh! Just as the Discoveroids have been telling us all along! Let’s read on:
Like intelligent design, it’s an information-first argument. And they apply this same form of explanation to the origin of humans, plants, and animals, which they say were infected by “information-rich virions” that caused them to evolve: [quote from the goofy paper].
The editors of that journal must be very proud of themselves. Their publication is being praised by all the right people. Another excerpt:
What about the most crucial question of all — Where did the information in those space-faring viruses come from originally?
Ooooooooooooh! The most crucial question of all! The Discoveroids say:
They don’t even touch that one. And who can blame them? So while they give the pretense of explaining the origin of biological complexity, they are really just pushing the question backward.
The Discoveroids already know the source of information, of course. It’s the intelligent designer — blessed be he! And now we come to the end:
The paper is an admission that past Cambrian and other origins theories have failed. While outlandish, literally, the outer space solution suggests that materialism may be on the way to giving its last gasps.
The only thing giving its last gasp is Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology. What will they publish next — a paper about the Time Cube?
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