This is big news from the Discovery Institute. As you know, every year they have a seminar for training “rising scientists and scholars interested in advancing ID-related research.” A year ago we wrote Discoveroids’ 2017 Seminar — Still Time To Apply, in which we said:
You too can become a slack-jawed, drooling, pants-wetting intelligent design scholar, one who approaches the natural world with your eyes wide and unfocused, as you reject the secular evils of Darwinism and contemplate the supernatural wonders miraculously created by the intelligent designer — blessed be he!
They’ve already had this year’s seminar, and they just posted a glowing report about it at their creationist blog: The 12th Summer Seminar on Intelligent Design — I Will Remember the Faces. It was written by Ann Gauger (a/k/a “Annie Green Screen”). She’s a “senior research scientist” at the Discoveroids’ Biologic Institute. Annie’s work is so sensitive that the interior of her lab must never be seen by outsiders. You can read all about that in Klinghoffer Defends Photo Trickery.
Here are some excerpts from Annie’s post, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
As always, the push to prepare for the nine-day Summer Seminar on Intelligent Design, which concluded this past weekend, was intense. [Ooooooooooooh!] The Seminar, our 12th year running, opened as fifty students from around the world gathered on a Friday night at Discovery Institute for a welcome and introduction to the work of the Center for Science & Culture.
It must have been glorious! Annie tells us:
What followed were days and evenings packed with information about design in the natural world. We heard about the cosmos, fine-tuning, the Big Bang, the problems of the first life, the Cambrian explosion, irreducible complexity, causal circularity, limits to protein evolution, and that was just up through Wednesday morning.
Yes, everything is a miracle. Only a fool! would deny it. Then she says:
I could tell as the week went on that things were going well, based on the volume of the conversation before each session. [That’s good data!] Students got to know each other quickly, finding common ground, yet also being astonished by each other’s accomplishments. [Hee hee!] This happens most years, but this year was special.
Why was this year special? Annie continues:
One thing I noticed in particular was the number of women that were there. At their request we had a round table discussion on women in science, and the unique challenges we face. I look forward to watching these women flourish as they move forward in life.
That’s interesting. A recent news item at PhysOrg suggests that the gender problem in science is being overcome — see Study suggests women in biomedical sciences have equal chance of success in sustaining grant funding. On the other hand, see Sexual harassment rampant in science, culture change urged. Of course, because of the evil nature of godless scientists, there are problems faced by all creationists, whatever their gender.
Annie ends her triumphant post on a bit of a creepy note:
Unfortunately, the pictures we have of the Seminar need to be severely cropped, so as to protect the students’ identities. But their faces I will remember for a long time.
That’s too bad. We would have enjoyed seeing pictures of the lovely ladies at the Discoveroids’ seminar. If you were there, dear reader, tell us about it.
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