According to Wikipedia, James Tour is a synthetic organic chemist, specializing in nanotechnology. They also say:
In 2001, Tour signed the Discovery Institute’s “A Scientific Dissent From Darwinism”, a controversial petition which the intelligent design movement uses to promote intelligent design by attempting to cast doubt on evolution
Well, dear reader, he’s back again at the Discovery Institute’s website. This just appeared at their creationist blog: Chemist James Tour Is Scathing, Hilarious: “Show Me the Chemistry” of Abiogensis. “It’s Not There.” It was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Rice University chemist James Tour almost defies description [We can describe him, no problem.] in a video now up of his amazing presentation at Discovery Institute’s 2019 Dallas Conference on Science and Faith. Watch it here: [Link at the Discoveroids’ post.]
Then he says:
At one point he asks for a show of hands of fellow synthetic chemists in the (large) audience. It turns out there are a couple and he demands that they stand up and call him a liar if anything he says isn’t true.
Interesting tactic, but if those two synthetic chemists are too polite to say anything, what does that prove? Anyway, Klinghoffer finally gets around to the reason he’s blogging about Jimmy Tour. He tells us:
His message is an alternatively scathing and hilarious indictment of claims from the origin-of-life studies community. Dr. Tour’s work in nanotechnology, an ulta-ultra-painstaking field, provides the backdrop for his demonstration that origins scientists don’t have the slightest idea [Gasp!] how the first life was somehow naturally synthesized by blind, mindless forces.
Wowie — this is big news! In what follows, Klinghoffer is presumably quoting Jimmy Tour:
The field hasn’t advanced an inch in 60-plus years. “Everyone’s clueless on this but no one wants to admit it.” Great scientists writing in the highest profile science journals are “lying to you” when they assert otherwise. “Show me the chemistry” of abiogenesis, he says. “It’s not there.”
Did you follow that? The message is clear: If it hasn’t yet been done in the lab, then it can’t be done — not ever! — and that proves Oogity Boogity! Or, as we recently expressed it a bit more formally: “You Don’t Know X, Therefore Y.” Putting it even more rigorously, which illustrates the argument’s flaky premise as well as its illogical structure:
1. Premise: If not X, then Y.
2. X is still being worked on.
3. Therefore, Y.
We’re temporarily calling that the Fallacy of Creationism — but there are so many others that we’ll probably need to revise the name. In his conclusion, Klinghoffer issues a bold challenge:
Jim Tour is without parallel. Truly, I’d love to hear from our materialist critics how they would answer any of this.
Well, dear reader — do you have the courage to respond?
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