The latest post at the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog is It’s Another Great Nobel Year for Design. The author is Michael Egnor — that’s his write-up at the Encyclopedia of American Loons. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
After more than a century of shut-outs at the Nobel Prizes, it’s understandable that Darwinists are a bit dejected. [Huh?] It’s embarrassing that the “greatest idea anyone ever had” and the “theory that explains all of biology” can’t in a century garner even one of science’s most distinguished awards. Instead, it must make do with wordplay, as we saw with last year’s Prize in Chemistry … . [He’s talking about this: Discoveroids Gripe About the Nobel Prize Again.]
That was an incredible beginning. Then he says:
It’s understandable why Darwinian scientists spend so much time in court silencing scientists and teachers who question their theory. In the arena of world-class science, Darwinism is a joke, and it wouldn’t last a day unless challenges to it were silenced by force.
Amazing, isn’t it? After that he tells us:
On the other hand, the inference to design won big again this year. [BWAHAHAHAHAHA!] The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2019 was awarded jointly to William G. Kaelin Jr., Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe, and Gregg L. Semenza “for their discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability.”
You can read all about it at PhysOrg: Three win Nobel Prize for showing how cells sense low oxygen. You may find this difficult to believe, but there’s no mention of intelligent design in that article.
Egnor then gives a big quote from an article about the prize in Forbes, and right afterwards he quote-mines it for us and adds his own spin:
“Think of your body as a large and complex metropolitan area with many different neighborhoods… Like a well-run city… sensing what’s going on in each of the neighborhoods and adjusting oxygen levels accordingly…” Scientists implicitly (and sometimes, quietly and explicitly) ask “How is this structure designed? What is its purpose and how does it work?” Time and again, the use of the design inference to guide the study of living systems pays enormous dividends. Most of good biological science is reverse-engineering of living systems. All of this is the design inference.
Ooooooooooooh! It’s the design inference!
In his final paragraph, Egnor really pounds away at Darwin’s theory — in his own peculiar way:
The inference to “chance and survivors survived” is worthless to science and medicine. [Yeah!] The Darwinian inference is of value only as an atheist creation myth, [Hee hee!] and for that purpose it’s had quite a run. Darwinism is a mass of just-so stories pretending to be science. Perhaps the Nobel Prize in Literature is the Darwinists’ best bet.
Go back and read that paragraph again. It really is an incredible piece of creationist prose — and it’s worthy of a hearty BWAHAHAHAHAHA!
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