The Discovery Institute is acting strangely — by which we mean that their recent posts are not what we’ve come to expect. For one thing, they didn’t (at least not yet) post their annual rant about the the decision on 20 December 2005 by Judge John E. Jones III in the case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. Also, this is the time of year when they post about their Top Ten achievements of the year now ending — but they haven’t begun that yet.
Instead, what we find at their creationist blog — aside from a pop-up request for contributions — is stuff like this: What Discovery Institute Means to Me: A Reflection.
It was written by Ann Gauger (a/k/a “Annie Green Screen”). She’s a “senior research scientist” at the Discoveroids’ Biologic Institute. Annie’s work is so sensitive that the interior of her lab must never be seen by outsiders. You can read all about that in Klinghoffer Defends Photo Trickery. Here are some excerpts from Annie’s post, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this].
At the top of Annie’s post is a photo of a street, described at the end as “Pioneer Square neighborhood, home of Discovery Institute.” The street is wet and has a large puddle in it. It brings to mind the Douglas Adams story in which a puddle 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 think it’s a good argument for intelligent design, and they’ve used it before — see Discovery Institute: What Are They Thinking?
Annie doesn’t mention the puddle. Instead she starts her post with this:
I think it was in 2004 that I first heard of Discovery Institute. I was reading everything I could find about intelligent design [BWAHAHAHAHAHA!], and one of the books mentioned Discovery Institute in Seattle. How interesting and how odd, I thought. I am in Seattle. But what’s a think tank that supports intelligent design doing in Seattle?
Annie’s adventure begins. Then she says:
Months later Steve Meyer published his paper, “The Origin of Biological Information and the Higher Taxonomic Categories,” in the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. I was sent a newsletter called Nota Bene by a friend, in which the paper and the resulting fracas were described. Intrigued, I decided to make contact with Discovery Institute, so I got on the list for the newsletter, signing my name Ann Gauger, PhD. That was 14 years ago.
The “resulting fracas” about Meyer’s paper she mentions is the well-known Sternberg peer review controversy, the result of which was that the journal repudiated Meyer’s paper and dismissed the editor who decided to publish it. After that she tells us:
Discovery Institute has had a profound impact on my life. [Ooooooooooooh!] I have met wonderful people who seek truth, who step out, put their careers on the line, and then endure the verbal assaults [Gasp!] of those who see intelligent design as a threat. I was deeply moved by the stories of the people I met.
Annie was deeply moved. Who wouldn’t be? Her tale goes on:
But it has not stopped there. I continue to meet wonderful people who are dedicated and care deeply about what they do. Many of them have also paid a price for their support of intelligent design. That courage is important if we are to make a difference in the debate about origins and intelligent design. In fact, without your courage and commitment, we could not do anything at all.
She’s not only referring to the courage and commitment of the Discoveroids’ generous patrons. She means you too. Annie’s heart-warming post ends with this:
In this holiday season of giving, might you help us continue our commitment by showing your own commitment? It means a great deal to know that you care about what we do. So please, come alongside us in our pursuit of the truth. Help us make a difference by going here. [Link omitted.]
That was a truly inspirational tale. Don’t you agree, dear reader?
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