An Amazing New Discoveroid Book

We don’t write much about Michael Denton, a Discovery Institute “Senior Fellow.” At their article on him, Wikipedia says:

Denton’s most prominent book, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, inspired intelligent design proponents Phillip Johnson and Michael Behe.

The Discoveroids have a new post about him today at their creationist blog: Denton’s Children of Light Forthcoming; Join Us at Seattle Book Launch! It has no author’s by-line Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Have you ever considered how our tiny corner of the universe somehow cradles fragile mankind? [No, not really.] In the newest book in his Privileged Species series, Dr. Michael Denton explores the convergence of properties of visible light that allow intelligent life to flourish on earth.

Ooooooooooooh! Visible light makes our life possible! The Discoveroids say:

Children of Light: The Astonishing Properties of Sunlight that Make Us Possible builds on previous titles by Denton.

Here’s the book’s Amazon listing. The price is only $14.95 in paperback, and for that you get 166 pages. It’s published by the Discovery Institute — which means it’s essentially a vanity press book. There are no reviews yet at Amazon.

The Discoveroids tell us about Denton’s earlier works:

In The Wonder of Water (2017), he examined how water is specially equipped to allow life to flourish on our blue planet. Its unique properties allow it to fill countless roles throughout the biological world — forming the matrix of our cells, regulating the temperature of our planet, and so much more.

Ooooooooooooh! They continue:

Fire-Maker (2016) hones in on one particular aspect of our planet’s special fitness for humans: the ability to make and harness fire. From computers to airplanes to life-giving medicines, the technological marvels of our world were made possible by humanity’s use of fire. This ability to harness fire, Denton argues, was itself made possible by an array of features built into the human body and the planet.

Actually, Denton has a point there. If Earth were just a water world, something like intelligent octopi might possibly evolve, but they couldn’t develop much technology. There may be lots of worlds like that in the galaxy, but we couldn’t detect their intelligent inhabitants from afar. Let’s read on:

Sufficiently intrigued? [Oh yeah!] Children of Light is forthcoming in October. Join us for the book launch at Seattle Pacific University on October 2nd to hear Michael Denton present on his new title, and answer questions from the audience.

Wowie — what an opportunity! Another excerpt:

The book will also be available for a discounted price, and you’ll have the opportunity to have it signed by the author himself! [Gasp!]

Here’s the best news:

This event is free [Whoopie!], but space is limited and registration is required. You can register at this link.

We’re omitting the registration link, but if you want to attend this amazing event — and who wouldn’t? — you can click over there to find it for yourself. We’re outta here!

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26 responses to “An Amazing New Discoveroid Book

  1. “This event is free [Whoopie!], but space is limited and registration is required. You can register at this link.”
    Registration so the DI can add you to their mailing list and suck you for donations OR exclude you from this gala event.

  2. “Children of Light: The Astonishing Properties of Sunlight that Make Us Possible”

    It would have been a good title for a book to educate creationists claiming that the 2nd law of thermodynamics precludes abiogenesis and evolution.

    “Denton’s most prominent book, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, inspired intelligent design proponents Phillip Johnson and Michael Behe.”

    That’s true: real scientists were not impressed by his non-existent crisis.

  3. “In The Wonder of Water (2017), he examined how water is specially equipped to allow life to flourish on our blue planet.”

    Did it never occur to him that he has it backwards; water wasn’t “specially equipped” for us. We;re here because water has those properties. If it didn’t we would never have EVOLVED!

  4. Cynic, you fool! We need water, and the intelligent designer — blessed be he! — provided us with water.

  5. And the Intelligent Designers also carefully crafted the laws of thermodyamics and Complex Specified Information so that human life would appear on planets which have habiltability physical properties.

  6. I wonder when he’ll get around to thank the stars that died so he could have iron in his haemoglobin.

  7. In contrast to the need for special physical properties of water, etc., which the Intelligent Designers need for their design to accommodate, super-natural creators … well, to quote Gaileo:
    “Surely, God could have caused birds to fly with their bones made of solid gold, with their veins full of quicksilver, with their flesh heavier than lead, and with their wings exceedingly small. He did not, and that ought to show something. It is only in order to shield your ignorance that you put the Lord at every turn to the refuge of a miracle.”

  8. Karl Goldsmith (@KarlGoldsmith)

    As like Ken Ham it’s just vanity publishing perhaps they should send the book to churches. And like Ken to “tens of thousands of churches in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.”

  9. Stephen Kennedy

    The light given off by the Sun is no different than the light given off by Alpha Centauri and the approximately one billion other spectral class G2V stars in our Galaxy alone. These other stars have nearly the exact same surface temperature as the Sun and temperature is the only thing that determines the wavelength of the light. All light of the same wavelength will be exactly the same in all of its properties.

  10. This creationist cottage industry of books apparently has some legs if the number of books out there is an indication of profitability. Or are all these books funded by grants to the crazies that write them, like Denton. I’m curious. Anyone have a link or idea?

  11. Remember that design is only possible because of nature and nature’s laws.
    Moreover, design is only needed because of nature and nature’s laws.
    (If there are no rules to follow, then design doesn’t make any sense.)
    And yet, design is not enough to account for the existence of something.

  12. [SC:] “We need water, and the intelligent designer — blessed be he! — provided us with water.”

    But for rain, it/he waited some 1500 years and flooded everything with accumulated water. (Hoping it was only water: someone knows if gods have bladder?)

    I may be wrong, however, as AiG says (in an article titled “Was There No Rain Before the Flood?”):
    “While we cannot prove that there was rain before the Flood, to insist that there was not (and even to deride those who think otherwise) stretches Scripture beyond what it actually says.

    There are some arguments that Christians should avoid because of their absurdity and some we should avoid being dogmatic about because they are not truly supportable from Scripture. The “no-rain” argument is in the latter category, and as such, it is an argument Christians should not use.”

    I don’t really understand if absurd dogmatic arguments are to be avoided or not?

  13. @Desnes Diev
    Yes. And no. And neither. And both.
    This is not confined to the absurd, the dogmatic, or arguments.
    The signature of creationism is emptiness and contradiction.

  14. Theodore Lawry

    Sounds like Denton is just rewriting his book Nature’s Destiny which had many of the same arguments, some of them embarrassingly wrong. A biologist trying to do physics, no excuse me, a creationist biologist trying to do physics.

  15. Bzzzzt — deviation. They’ll have to be intelligent octopuses or octopodes, not octopi. Greek, not Latin 😉

  16. Octopus is not Greek.

    https://el.wikipedia.org/wiki/%CE%A7%CF%84%CE%B1%CF%80%CF%8C%CE%B4%CE%B9

    Octopus is Latin indeed. Still plural is octopodes as singular actually is octopodis.

  17. OK, the link only works with copy and paste. My Greek is rather rusty, but I think it transcribes as Chtapodi.
    The Latin site is

    https://la.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octopus

  18. Arcy, my dictionary uses both plurals.

  19. I prefer “octopods”. It’s the only plural that doesn’t sound odd.

  20. Whether you agree with it or not, Wikipedia has the last word
    Wikipedia “Octopus” section “Etymology and pluralisation”

  21. So, the Intelligent Designer carefully gave us the sun to power life and its cycles. Why then, sunburn and melanomas? Creo writers reason like it`s Year One at kindergarten.

  22. [TomS:] “Yes. And no. And neither. And both.”

    I see that you read a lot of their pages.

  23. My spies should have something to report from the book launch. Also, I’m hoping they can identify TomB, or Beeblebrox, or whatever his name was. My spies know what to do. It’s cold in Seattle, correct? And rains a lot? Perfect!

    I couldn’t get any Russian nerve gas for the occasion, but the old poisoned umbrella tip should do the job. Just as long as they keep their mouths shut, and don’t arouse any suspicion with their raw, unpolished Australian vowels.

  24. Michael Fugate

    And the gods created the moon so that Wallace and Gromit would have some to go when they are all out of cheese.

  25. @RossC is just another evilutionist who tries to be smart: “Why then, sunburn and melanomas?”
    Because of Adam, Eve and Original Sin of course. Duh.

    “Creo writers reason like it`s Year One at kindergarten.”
    Why are you flattering them?

  26. Octopus plus the drug ecstasy apparently causes some distinct behaviors similar to those observed in humans on ecstasy . Hmmmmm. Denton could write about this and how it fits with his creationist ideas. Would love to read some of that Michael.