Days like this when there’s no creationism news are, as we’ve noted before, actually good news. It’s true that there are many creationists running around out there, and they provide people like ol’ Hambo with a good living. But there’s nothing new in that. There have always been creationists and those who exploit them.
The only important question is: Are creationists actually succeeding in shutting down science? The answer is no, of course not. There is controversy about climate science, but that’s not a creationist issue — it’s mostly about economic issues. Otherwise, science has never been stronger — at least in the civilized parts of the world. One of the best indicators of the actual situation is search engine statistics. We did this about nine months ago — see Intelligent Design — A Progress Report — and it’s time for another look.
Check out the history of Google searches on “intelligent design.” Go ahead, click on that link. The picture is striking. Interest in the Discovery Institute’s “theory” peaked during the Kitzmiller trial in 2005, and it’s been steadily trending downward ever since. It’s now 2% of what it was in December of 2005, and it would probably be lower if it weren’t for our own searches.
You’re familiar with the Discoveroids’ manifesto — the Wedge Document. That’s a link to the Wikipedia article which describes it. You can read the actual document at the NCSE website: The Wedge Document. It was drafted in 1995. Listed among their “Twenty Year Goals” is: “To see design theory permeate our religious, cultural, moral and political life.” Very ambitious, so they gave themselves twenty years to accomplish that goal.
More than twenty years have passed, and what do they have to show for all the millions they’ve spent, the books they’ve written, and the videos they’re always promoting? That’s right — a big, fat nothing. All of their goals have failed.
To be fair, we should mention their “accomplishments.” There are none in science, of course, but back in 2008 Louisiana’s Democrat controlled legislature overwhelmingly passed the misnamed Louisiana Science Education Act. It was based on the anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism Academic Freedom Act promoted by the Discovery Institute. We’ve critiqued their model bill here: Curmudgeon’s Guide to “Academic Freedom” Laws.
No other state has been so foolish, except for Tennessee. And that’s it. The Discoveroids have nothing else to brag about. That means we have a great deal to brag about.
So let’s have another Intellectual Free Fire Zone. Talk about whatever you think is interesting — science, politics, philosophy, etc. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But beware of the profanity filters.
We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it!
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