For years we’ve been laughing at the Discovery Institute’s bizarre concept of “information.” Its some kind of imaginary pixie dust their intelligent designer — blessed be he! — injects into the genome so that DNA can do the wonderful things it does. Back in 2014 we analogized it to phlogiston — see Phlogiston, Vitalism, and Information.
Hambo liked the Discoveroids’ idea so much that he adopted it — see Ken Ham: Natural Selection Is Not Evolution. As we all know, endorsement by ol’ Hambo is an absolute guarantee that the concept is 100% pure creationism.
Why do we bring up this creationist history? Because today, dear reader, the Discoveroids are fighting back. Look what just appeared at their creationist blog, with no author’s by-line: The Modern-Day Phlogiston: Darwinism Explains Everything and Nothing.
Isn’t that title glorious? They’re saying the theory of evolution is our phlogiston. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
On a new episode of ID the Future [Ooooooooooooh! A Discoveroid podcast!], host Andrew McDiarmid reads an excerpt from Heretic: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to Design, by Finnish bioengineer Matti Leisola and Jonathan Witt.
We’ve blogged about that book a few times — see, e.g.: Creationist Review of a Discoveroid Book. You know it’s great science because it was published by — drum-roll, trumpets — the Discovery Institute Press.
What’s in the new Discoveroid podcast? Their post tells us:
It makes the case that modern neo-Darwinism is today’s “phlogiston,” [Gasp!] a theory that explains everything but nothing, faces mounting contrary evidence, and survives only with ever more ancillary hypotheses.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We’ve been flinging phlogiston at them, and now they’re flinging it back at us. This is jolly good fun! The Discoveroid post continues:
In the excerpt Leisola and Witt also discuss the well-documented pattern of scientists defending an existing scientific paradigm even after fresh discoveries have turned against it, with the obsolete dominant paradigm dying only very slowly.
Those scientists keep clinging to discredited theories — like evolution. What stubborn fools they are!
Here’s the end of the Discoveroids’ post:
An especially dramatic and tragic example gave the name to this all-too-human tendency — the Semmelweis reflex. Download the podcast or listen to it here. [Link omitted.]
The Semmelweis reflex? This is embarrassing, but we hadn’t heard of that before. Wikipedia describes it as: “a metaphor for the reflex-like tendency to reject new evidence or new knowledge because it contradicts established norms, beliefs or paradigms.”
Well, dear reader, it looks like the Discoveroids have got us all figured out. We’re clinging to our phlogiston and Darwinism, while they’re boldly moving forward with their dazzling new “theory” of intelligent design. We’ve been such fools!
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