Your first question, of course, is: What in the world is the “I Suck” principle? Be patient, dear reader. All will be explained in due course. As you may have guessed, this is about yet another podcast from the Discovery Institute in their new Science Uprising series. It appears to be as brilliantly conceived and as intellectual valuable as the others we’ve written about recently.
The title of the Discoveroids’ new post at their creationist blog is New Science Uprising Episode Counters the “I Suck” Principle. It was written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Materialists share a tendency to want to degrade human beings and our place in the cosmos. In a sane world — maybe it’s out there somewhere in the multiverse — there would be a psychiatric diagnosis for this.
Let’s be sure we’re all together here. When Klinghoffer refers to “materialists,” he means you, because you don’t believe in the Discoveroids’ supernatural intelligent designer — blessed be he! Your desire to “degrade” your fellow humans is because you dare to imagine that due to evolution, we’re related to all other animals, including (gasp!) apes. To Klinghoffer, that’s really degrading! His reference to the multiverse is a creationist in-joke. They imagine that the multiverse is your “scientific” explanation for the reason why — they claim — everything in this universe appears to intelligently designed for our existence.
We apologize for all that background info, but unless you’re familiar with the Discoveroids, you’ll have no idea what they’re babbling about. Okay, y’all still with us? Then he says:
As celebrity “Science Guy” Bill Nye has put it, “I’m a speck on a speck orbiting a speck among other specks among still other specks in the middle of specklessness. I suck.”
Did Bill Nye say that? We have no idea. Anyway, after that quote — or mined quote, or whatever it is — Klinghoffer tells us:
The fourth episode of Science Uprising is out now [Ooooooooooooh! A Discoveroid podcast!], and it addresses the poisonous “I suck” principle. The episode, “Fine-Tuning: You Don’t Suck,” juxtaposes the views of Nye, Lawrence Krauss, and Sean Carroll with some powerful counters from Freeman Dyson, Charles Townes, Frank Tipler, Stephen Meyer, and Bijan Nemati:
The podcast is embedded in Klinghoffer’s post if you want to see it. We don’t, so let’s continue with what he says:
The ultra-fine-tuning of the universe with its physical laws and constants may be the single most agreed upon piece of evidence for ID. [BWAHAHAHAHAHA!] Yet materialists fight it with all they’ve got. “There’s an obvious and easy naturalistic explanation,” says physicist Sean Carroll breezily, “in the form of the cosmological multiverse.” [Groan!] The problems with that solution include that there is no evidence for it. [What?]
Did you get that last sentence? Klinghoffer dares to reject something because there’s no evidence for it. That’s a very risky path for a creationist to take. Anyway, let’s read on:
And then there’s this: “The new mechanisms that have been proposed as possible ways of generating universes themselves require fine-tuning,” as Meyer explains. “And so in the end you’re left right where you started.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Meyer raises the issue of an infinite regress, which for millennia has been a standard refutation of “X requires a designer.” You know how it goes: If X requires a designer, then the designer also requires a designer, and so does the earlier designer, ad infinitum. That’s another risky path for a creationist to take.
Here’s our last excerpt:
“Someone had you [in?] mind,” the masked narrator [Masked!] of the series summarizes. “Someone had us all in mind.” [Ooooooooooooh!] In the context of our corrosive media culture, that is such an important message, and it is very tightly and effectively presented here at just over eight minutes in length.
So there you are. The pernicious “I Suck” principle has been brilliantly defeated by a few creationist clunkers. Isn’t creationism wonderful?
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