Most of you have seen The Blob. It was perhaps the first of an endless number of movies with the same plot: teenagers save the world from aliens. According to Wikipedia:
The storyline concerns a growing, corrosive, alien amoeboidal entity that crashes to Earth from outer space inside a meteorite. It devours and dissolves citizens in the small communities of Phoenixville and Downingtown, PA, growing larger, redder, and more aggressive each time it does so, eventually becoming larger than a building.
Klinghoffer is invoking the imagery of the Blob today at the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog. He just posted From Darwin’s Rhapsody, to The Blob. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Paul Nelson made an excellent point earlier today, noting that Darwin’s theory was conceived as a sort of romantic, rhapsodic vision.
This is Nelson’s post at the Discoveroids’ blog: Darwin’s Rhapsody. It’s just quote-mining, but Klinghoffer is inspired. He says:
Someone could respond that whatever the circumstances of its conception, evolution is now to be embraced as a fully supported, indeed irrefutable scientific fact. A friend, however, commends this passage from biologist Wayne Rossiter’s book Shadow of Oz [link omitted] for its delightful analogy characterizing evolutionary theory not in Darwin’s hands but today. Rossiter draws an apt comparison to a classic sci-fi/horror film.
Ooooooooooooh! Darwin’s theory compared to a horror film! Klinghoffer quotes from Rossiter’s book. We won’t bother to put any of it in bold, or interject anything. Just enjoy it as it is:
As it stands now, evolutionary theory attempts to represent stasis (non-change), devolution (loss of complexity or form), gradual change, and geologically sudden massive change, all at the same time. To date, no rendering of Darwin’s theory serves as a law by which any one of these outcomes can be expected or predicted. What good is a theory if it cannot predict outcomes or explain history?
This situation reminds me of that classic science fiction film, The Blob (1958). In the movie, Earth is visited by a somewhat unexpected alien guest. The alien life form is a mindless jelly that continually grows as it absorbs everything it touches. There is seemingly no way to combat the creature, as bullets, missiles and bombs are simply absorbed into the ever-growing monster. In many ways, this is what the theory of evolution has become. The pattern may be discernible, but the process escapes us. The number of one-off unique scenarios are as endless as the variety of explanations Darwin’s theory engenders. All of them are held true within a massive blob that is modern evolutionary theory. That the ideas often contradict or logically exclude one another is apparently not a problem. Karl Popper was right when he observed that, “every ‘good’ scientific theory is a prohibition: it forbids certain things to happen. The more a theory forbids, the better it is. A theory which is not refutable by any conceivable event is non-scientific. Irrefutability is not a virtue of a theory (as people often think) but a vice.” If nothing else, the neo-Darwinian theory of evolution is clearly like no other universal metatheory. It is far too complex, convoluted, and incoherent to be awarded such a status.
Wowie — this is a great example of Discoveroid research! Klinghoffer is thrilled, and he ends his post with this:
That is perfect. We’ve recommended Dr. Rossiter’s book in the past as “one of the most comprehensive books critiquing theistic evolution to date,” and I take the opportunity to do so again.
What can we say? According to the Discoveroids, evolution theory is the Blob, because it can absorb anything. But it can’t. In the first month of this humble blog we posted Where Are The Anachronistic Fossils? Our point was — and still is — that no evidence contradicts evolution theory. Also, evolution makes predictions that — when evidence is found — are always supported by the evidence. Our favorite example is The Lessons of Tiktaalik.
It’s intelligent design “theory” that behaves like the Blob, because no matter what is discovered, the Discoveroids’ reaction is: “That’s how the designer — blessed be he! — does things.” That’s why we posted Intelligent Designer or Zeus?
Anyway, perhaps this silliness will be a new theme for the Discoveroids. We’re the Blob, and they’re the meticulous theoreticians whose detailed predictions are always true. Maybe you, dear reader, can suggest a movie title that accurately describes them.
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