The Discoveroids’ 2018 Creationist Seminar

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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16 responses to “The Discoveroids’ 2018 Creationist Seminar

  1. Unfortunately, the pictures we have of the Seminar need to be severely cropped…
    Yes, a bunch of headless, brainless people staggering around a room would be too much to endure.

  2. “I Will Remember the Faces”
    Such a promising title! A scientist would above all remember the research results. But I guess Annie Green Screen’s results are so sensitive that she can’t afford to talk about them, not even at an IDiot seminar. The secret agents of our dear SC always are luring in dark corners!

  3. Michael Fugate

    Just got back from visiting the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis – people fearless in the face of real oppression. What do the DI hacks think will happen to them? What are they afraid of? Isn’t their faith sufficient?

  4. a seminar for training “rising scientists and scholars interested in advancing ID-related research.”

    This must be one of the very few research fields where a student can study all literature published in the field within an academic year. In fact, probably in the first semester.

  5. Karl Goldsmith (@KarlGoldsmith)

    I’m always amused that Daniel Reeves, Educational Outreach Assistant with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture is the only person I have found that admits to ever attending this summer event, and he did that in 2011.

  6. @MichaelF asks an important question: “What are they afraid of?”
    Two things: doing some actual work, like demonstrating research and also the steady flow of easy money getting stopped.
    @Draken: may I correct you? “All relevant literature” should not take more than just one day.

  7. There is a meme – I don’t know how to check on this – that it takes 10,000 hours of work to become proficient in a field. Given a 40-hour work week, and 50 working weeks in a year, that means 5 full-time years.

  8. Michael Fugate

    “As always, the push to prepare for the nine-day Summer Seminar on [Safe Space for] Intelligent Design, which concluded this past weekend, was intense [but free of Darwinist bullies]. The Seminar [Safe Space], our 12th year running, opened as fifty students [creationist snowflakes] 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.”

  9. According to my spies- who were there!- many workshops took place at the seminar. Annie neglected to tell us about some of these:

    – Trawlers Trove of Treasure: an introductory guide in how to navigate the scientific literature and slap an Intelligent Design slant on everything.

    – Faking it: Join Philosopher of Science Professor Stephen C Meyer as he gives valuable advice on how to pass yourself off as an expert in one scientific field when you have qualifications in another, unrelated one.

    – Glimpses in Time: Casey Luskin Remembered.

    – I Still Haven’t Found what I’m Looking For: Join Ann Gauger as she recounts her ongoing quest to establish common descent from Adam and Eve.

    – In the Footsteps of the Masters: how to write like David Klinghoffer.

    Apparently there was even more along those lines, but one of my spies got busted and the police were called. That seminar was smoking hot!

  10. Another training camp for sleeper cell agents. Yippee.

  11. Michael Fugate

    Given that it is Seattle, every session had a Nirvana song title. “Curmudgeon” (Lithium EP) covered how to whine about Darwinist bullies.

  12. From “Smells like ID Spirit”:

    A DESIGNER!
    MY RECLINER!
    MICHAEL BEHE!
    TEE-HEE-HEE-HEE!

    YEEEAAAHHHH!

  13. @TomS: The 10000 hours to become an expert comes from Malcolm Gladwell, IIRC.

    AND 9 days packed full of arguments from incredulity must have driven the audience mad, unless they were trapped with no escape. … OMG!!! That’s it!! The secret conference location must have been that cave in Thailand! Oh those poor boys! 😦

  14. Michael Fugate

    One does wonder how anyone with any science background could stomach more than a couple of minutes. The demographics of the participants would be very interesting indeed.

  15. Mark Germano

    MichaelF and ChrisS missed an easy one: Nirvana covered the Meat Puppets’ “Lake of Fire” on their MTV Unplugged performance.

    “Where do bad folks go when they die?
    They don’t go to heaven where the angels fly
    They go down to the lake of fire and fry
    Won’t see ’em again till the fourth of July.”

    Bonus: No explanation and/or lyrical change needed!

  16. Michael Fugate

    There’s “Milk it” for the attempt to make a theory out of nothing and “Lithium” for overcoming the depression resulting from the realization of just how nothing ID is.