A Thrilling Tale from the Discovery Institute

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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17 responses to “A Thrilling Tale from the Discovery Institute

  1. Should’ve left the link in to make laughing at them easier!

  2. Don’t scoff! Dr Gauger’s life has indeed been transformed by the Discovery Institute over the past fourteen years. it’s paid her rent.

    Does anyone know what she was doing just before that?

  3. I notice that your bracketed comments are in seasonal red and green.

  4. Michael Fugate

    Here is her profile from LInkedIn
    The years from 1993-2005 are blank….

  5. I’m thinking of sending them some coal.

  6. @Michael Fugate, indeed, nothing between post-doc at Harvard 2003 and DI at 2005. I seem to remember reading a personal statement from her somewhere, in which she said how grateful she was to have got her present job after being a stay-at-home mum, but I can’t find it now.

  7. Michael Fugate

    I notice that Nota Bene is one of DI’s newsletters – so one knows Ann got an unbiased account.

  8. Michael Fugate

    Speaking of Gauger, I know Dr. Swamidass has stopped by before and linked to his blog at peaceful science. He seems like a nice guy.
    I am not buying what he is selling – especially this piece of wishful thinking:

    If you want more on Buggs see this – the comments are brutal

  9. “if we are to make a difference in the debate …..”
    It’s about time 20 years after The Wedge Document ….

    “might you help us continue our commitment by showing your own commitment?”
    A reasonable question. Indeed the money I donate to the IDiots from Seattle (or any other creacrap outfit) perfectly reflects my commitment to Annie’s case.

    When googling what Annie Green Screen had been doing before 2005 I found an old acquaintance, a favourite of many regulars:


    “Casey Luskin, a senior editor of Salvo …..”

    So I looked a bit further:


    Alas the only article I clicked needed a subscription. Still I’m sure many here will be happy to learn that the Attack Gerbil still is active.

  10. @Michael Fugate, as everyone here knows I brag at every possible opportunity. This time I am bragging about the fact that my review of Behe’s review was republished in Swamidass’ peaceful science. Swamidass is one of the group of evangelicals who in general accept the science and quite correctly see the young Earthers and other creationists as undermining the respectability of their faith, but are reluctant to turn round and say flat out that you shouldn’t treat Genesis as history.

  11. @FrankB, I’m glad to hear that Casey is alive and well. he was fun, and I have a soft spot for him because he was the first of the creationists to attack me, thus giving me confidence that I was doing something worthwhile

  12. Karl Goldsmith

    Even in their own journal she hasn’t done anything since 2016.

  13. Michael Fugate

    Yes Paul, he is claiming that Adam and Eve could have been created “de novo” from dirt 10,000 years ago – the genetic data do not preclude it.

  14. @Michael Fulgate, many thanks. I will delete Swamidass’s name from my brag list of fans.

  15. … the journal … dismissed the editor who decided to publish it.

    In actual fact the editor published it in the last journal of his tenure, so he was already ‘out the door’ by the time the controversy flared. Real heroic and classy.

  16. Karl Goldsmith

    “On Sunday, as in past years, Evolution News will launch our traditional series leading up to New Year’s Day, a countdown of the Top 10 Stories of 2018 relating to evolution, intelligent design, and allied subjects.”