If you want to dig into the latest mess at the Discovery Institute’s website, you’re welcome to do so. We’re just going to skim the thing, but if it appeals to you, then go ahead and jump right in. The new article at their creationist blog is Biology Textbooks and the “God-Talk” Problem. 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]:
Another school year is around the corner. Undergraduate biology students will once again take up their textbooks on a quest to explore the intricacies of life. Of course, these students are rarely exposed to a balanced assessment of evolutionary theory, including its empirical challenges.
A balanced assessment? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s what creationists have been after ever since the Supreme Court ruled that public schools can’t teach creationism. Courts have also ruled that the schools can’t teach evolution and creationism — despite the Discoveroids’ futile Teach the Controversy campaign. So now they’re trying again to get a “balanced assessment” of evolution into the schools. This should be fun. They say:
[B]iology students will likely use a textbook that incoherently [Huh?] presents the case for evolution. Surprisingly, this muddle emerges from textbooks’ unprincipled use of theology [What?], of all things. In a recent journal article, “Damned if You Do and Damned if You Don’t: The Problem of God-talk in Biology Textbooks,” Stephen Dilley and Nicholas Tafacory argue that textbooks’ case for evolution falls prey to an intractable dilemma.
An “intractable dilemma” in the case for evolution? We took a look at that “journal article.” It’s in the second issue of a new journal from a website that calls itself the Blyth Institute. It’s not easy to find any information about them, but your Curmudgeon was able to learn a thing or two — from the Discoveroids.
As you know, the Discoveroids have their own, in-house “peer reviewed” journal, BIO-Complexity. If you visit their website, you will find this notice proudly posted:
The editors are please to welcome Günter Bechly and Jonathan Bartlett to the editorial team!
You already know who Günter is, but what about that other guy? The Discoveroids tell us at their BIO-Complexity website, right here:
Jonathan Bartlett is the director of The Blyth Institute, a non-profit organization focusing on research and education in a variety of STEM subjects.
So there you are. Now we know that Blyth Institute is — shall we say — buddy-buddy with the Discoveroids. And — big surprise — the Discoveroids are promoting a Blyth “journal” article urging a “balanced assessment” of evolutionary theory and its, ah, challenges. Do we need to dig any deeper? No, we don’t.
But if you want to read what the Discoveroids are offering today, go right ahead. And let us know if we’re missing anything we should know about.
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