You may have considered the Discovery Institute to be just another bunch of creationists, albeit with a slippery veneer of “science” to cloak their primitive, pre-Enlightenment ideology.
If that’s what you thought, then get ready to re-think your opinion. Today the Discoveroids have posted what is likely to be the start of a whole new paradigm. It’s titled The Transcendental Treasury of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness.
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]:
If you want to cultivate a spirit of gratitude [Who doesn’t?], I’d like to suggest that you spend some time in meditation on truth, beauty, and goodness. They each represent gifts to us, things that make life possible, intelligible, and worth living. They are such essential qualities that we call them transcendentals. [Ooooooooooooh!] They transcend our everyday knowledge and point toward a source that is at least capable of truth, beauty, and goodness.
Open your mind, dear reader. Pay attention to what Annie says about transcendentals:
Why do we value them?
1. They are the foundations on which a life worth living is built.
2. They enable discovery, creation, and nurturing of others.
3. They are not wishful thinking.
4. They are transformative.
5. They are indicators that the world is rich, purposeful, and meaningful.
6. They are the product of a designer [Yes!] who knows truth, beauty, and goodness.
Your Curmudgeon is overwhelmed with transcendental squishiness. We are not ashamed to admit that we had our doubts about the Discoveroids’ designer — blessed be he! — but no longer.
Hey — don’t leave us yet. Annie isn’t done. She tells us:
Truth, beauty, and goodness are abstract concepts that nonetheless correspond to our deepest desires. They are not likely to have evolved by a neo-Darwinian process. [She’s right!] Rather, from neo-Darwinism I would expect an absence of beauty or a denial of it — an inability to appreciate it. The same for truth. [Right again!] What about goodness? If selflessness and generosity are taken as signs of goodness, should we expect goodness from the natural world? [Good question!] Let’s hold that thought, and return to it later.
We’ve got to skip an ark-load of Annie’s post because it’s just too powerful for us. However, we can’t omit this — it’s right at the end:
Scientific materialism is no match for beauty, truth, or goodness. These immaterial transcendentals give meaning to our lives. I hope that all those reading this have had some experience of goodness, truth, and beauty in their lives. If you have not, seek them out as guides to wisdom and as gifts given to us to help make life worth living.
So there you are, dear reader. This was a powerful addition to one of Annie’s earlier posts, about which we wrote Ann Gauger: The Argument from Beauty. We didn’t appreciate it at the time — but now we’ve seen the light.
Ponder carefully what Annie Green Screen is telling you. It will surely make you see the emptiness of your foolish Darwinist existence, and then, when that happens, you will experience The Truth™.
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