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 were no reviews at Amazon when we first posted about it, and that’s still true.
Today at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog — because they have nothing else to talk about — we find Let There Be Light — New Book from Michael Denton Continues Privileged Species Series. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Launched in 1972, the Pioneer 10 spacecraft was the first human artifact designed to leave the solar system and, possibly, encounter life forms beyond our ability to imagine. It carries a plaque intended to introduce the designers of the vehicle to any aliens that might cross paths with it. The iconic image shows a pair of human beings, a male and a female, the former with a hand raised in greeting.
We know all about that. What does it have to do with creationism? Klinghoffer says:
As biologist Michael Denton observes in his new book, Children of the Light: Astonishing Properties of Sunlight that Make Us Possible, the irony of the depiction of man and woman is that any living beings out there would likely find us not strange or alien but remarkably familiar. [Huh?] This is because the universe appears to have been very, very carefully crafted to sustain intelligent beings on a model like our own.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The fun is just beginning. Klinghoffer tells us:
Denton has shown as much in a series of short books, the Privileged Species series — starting with [Who cares?] This is intelligent design that sweeps the planet, covering not biology alone, but chemistry, geology, and physics.
Ooooooooooooh! It’s intelligent design! Denton’s argument is like the puddle in the Douglas Adams story that wakes up one morning and thinks, “This is an interesting world I find myself in — an interesting hole I find myself in — fits me rather neatly, doesn’t it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, [it] may have been made to have me in it!” The Discoveroids actually quoted Adams — favorably — six years ago, and we wrote about it — see Discovery Institute: What Are They Thinking?
Klinghoffer then quotes from Denton’s book and tells us:
By “fitness” he means the ultra-fine focusing — fine almost beyond calculation — of multiple natural laws and natural phenomena, all converging on life, and intelligent life in particular, as we know it. [Ooooooooooooh!]
It’s ultra-fine focusing, not natural selection. He continues:
As in his previous work, Denton draws on the insights of Lawrence Henderson (1878-1942) and ID’s godfather, Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913), while showing how unlike Darwinian natural selection, the idea of natural fitness has been accumulating evidence in its favor for going on two centuries and promises to continue to do so into the future.
Isn’t this great? There’s no evidence to support natural selection, but the evidence supporting intelligent design keeps piling up. Actually, something is piling up, but it’s not evidence.
There’s more to Klinghoffer’s post, but we’ll give you only one more excerpt:
For now I want to suggest that the difference between his [Denton’s] scientific vision and its alternative is the difference between hope and horror. [Hee hee!] The materialist view is ably and entertainingly sketched by the classic horror writer H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937), who told of a cold cosmos indifferent to us and crawling with unreckonable and unspeakable monsters.
Denton’s view is the opposite: Whatever source of purpose or intelligence designed our world and our universe, it operated from the beginning with a human and humane goal. Dr. Denton is a biologist, not a theologian. Yet this message is obviously suggestive of a theistic perspective. [Hey, he’s right about that!]
So there you are, dear reader. If you like Oogity Boogity, and you want it in large amounts, Denton’s book is for you!
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