Here’s an amusing bit of fluff from the Discovery Institute: Meyer, Axe: “Five Major Problems with Macro-Evolution”. Ooooooooooooh! It was written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
There’s something very clarifying about seeing an argument laid out in crisp bullet points. For your weekend enjoyment, here are Stephen Meyer and Douglas Axe [both Discoveroids] on Frank Turek’s radio program. The interview was recorded following the 2016 Royal Society meeting.
We wrote about that meeting. The Discoveroids weren’t invited, so they staged their own conference instead, and claimed it was a big success — see The Discoveroids’ Cambridge Conference. As for Frank Turek, we wrote about him once before — see Atheists Can’t Function Without God. He was described as “a Christian speaker, author and apologist.” What were those intellectual giants talking about on Turek’s radio show? Klinghoffer says:
They hammer home the “Five Major Problems with Macro-Evolution”
That link is about the radio show that discusses the Discoveroids’ creationist conference. It tells us:
• the main topic was whether naturalistic mechanisms can produce new body plans and new organ types
• no one disputes micro-evolution: beaks changing size, antibiotic resistance
• many of the naturalistic scientists admitted the problems with current naturalistic theories, but they don’t want to embrace the need for a designer
• none of the proposals that were debated solved the real problems with macro-evolution
Some of these problems have actually gotten worse for naturalistic evolution as our scientific knowledge has grown.
Those are probably the “crisp bullet points” Klinghoffer mentioned as being “very clarifying.” But to clarify things even more, he then presents some bullet points of his own, which he claims are the five major problems with macro-evolution:
• Problem #1: the sudden origin of body plans in the fossil record
• Problem #2: the origin of information (e.g., in protein molecule)
• Problem #3: need for favorable early mutations (for body plans)
• Problem #4: the problem of epigenetics
• Problem #5: the universality of the design intuition
That’s all Klinghoffer says — except for promoting some books by Axe and Meyer. Those “major problems” are clunkers we’ve discussed before (except for Epigenetics), and we won’t bother with them now. But one general point should be made. None of those “problems” is evidence for the existence or methods of the Discoveroids’ intelligent designer — blessed be he! They are merely a list of phenomena (some imaginary or absurd, like “information” and “design intuition”) the Discoveroids attribute to the designer’s unobservable, untestable, and incomprehensible activities.
Anyway, Klinghoffer said he posted that for our weekend enjoyment. He has fulfilled his purpose.
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