Last week we wrote The Discoveroids Are Gaining Momentum, about the Discovery Institute’s Scientific Dissent From Darwinism, which has grown to 1,000 signatories. We put their pathetic list of dentists, proctologists, and sociologists in context by comparing it to the National Center for Science Education’s “Project Steve.”
Despite the meaninglessness of the Discoveroids’ list, they seem to have impressed some people. We learned about it thanks to the Drool-o-tron™, which alerted us with its sirens and flashing lights. The blinking letters of its wall display said WorldNetDaily (WND).
We’ve described WND as a flamingly creationist, absolutely execrable, moronic, and incurably crazed journalistic organ that believes in and enthusiastically promotes every conspiracy theory that ever existed. WND was an early winner of the Curmudgeon’s Buffoon Award, thus the jolly logo displayed above this post.
The Drool-o-tron™ had locked our computer onto this headline at WND: 1,000 Scientists Go Public With Doubts On Evolution. It has no author’s by-line. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
More than 1,000 highly influential [Hee hee!] scientists from around the world have gone on record with their doubts about Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. They hail from institutions such as Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Columbia, Tulane, Rice and Baylor, the National Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, the British Museum and MIT’s Lincoln Library.
If you study the Discoveroids’ list you’ll see that an ark-load of those “highly influential” scientists are from bible colleges like Biola and Liberty University. WND says:
The scientists include the best [Hee hee!] in molecular biology, biochemistry, biology, entomology, computational quantum chemistry, microbiology, psychiatry and behavioral sciences, astrophysics, marine biology, cellular biology, physics and astronomy, math, physics, geology and anthropology, according to Evolution News, an online publication of the Discovery Institute in Seattle, which promotes the theory of intelligent design.
Did the Discoveroids really say that the people who signed their list are “the best”? We read their article again and didn’t find that claim. Anyway, other than quoting a lot from the Discoveroids’ blog, that’s all WND has to say.
The result is that their drooling readership are given the strong impression that the scientific community’s confidence in evolution is collapsing. We’re looking forward to seeing references to this in future letters-to-the-editor.
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