The Discovery Institute is once again filling the void in their science portfolio by producing and promoting another video. We find this at their creationist blog, written by Klinghoffer: Watch: Biologist Michael Denton on Photosynthesis and Planetary Design. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Here is the startling thesis of Michael Denton’s new book, Children of the Light: Astonishing Properties of Sunlight that Make Us Possible, compressed to under three minutes:
Then there’s a video embedded in Klinghoffer’s post. You can click over there and watch the thing if you want to, but your Curmudgeon has no intention of doing so. We’ve already written about Denton’s “startling” book — see An Amazing New Discoveroid Book and also Discoveroids: More About Denton’s New Book. Klinghoffer says:
The precisely tuned partnership of photosynthesis — feeding plants and manufacturing oxygen as a waste product — with the radiation of the Sun, with the nature of Earth’s atmosphere is too convenient to accommodate an explanation depending on blind chance alone.
Ooooooooooooh! A “precisely tuned partnership” like that couldn’t possibly depend on blind chance. We feel the same about the beautifully designed partnership between the dung beetle and its favorite food. Klinghoffer tells us:
The theme of Dr. Denton’s work in the Privileged Species series, capped by Children of the Light [his new book], is that the universe from its beginning billions of years ago has obeyed a purposeful design.
A purposeful design. Yes — oh yes! He continues:
Fire, water, light…the most fundamental aspects of nature around us are finely tuned, awesomely so, with us in mind. It’s planetary design.
Only a fool would deny it. And now we come to the end:
To fully realize this is to wipe clean the smear of dull complacency that materialism tirelessly spreads. These are brief books that pack a very powerful punch.
Isn’t it time, dear reader, that you liberated yourself from the dull complacency of materialism? Well, what are you waiting for? Watch the video, buy the book, and embrace The Truth™.
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