We knew we were about to see something weird when we spotted the title of the latest item at the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog: Patterns of Design in Human Life. It’s very brief and it has no author’s by-line, so this won’t take up much of your time. 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!], physician Geoffrey Simmons speaks with host Andrew McDiarmid about his new book Are We Here to Recreate Ourselves? The Convergence of Design. [That’s a link to the book at Amazon.] There’s a pattern in our re-creating ourselves, Simmons says, even in the artifacts we create, but especially in human reproduction. Download the podcast or listen to it here. [Link omitted.]
We’ve encountered Simmons before — see The Discoveroids Have a New Fellow. Here’s their biographical information about him. He’s a creationist MD, and he writes a lot about sex — see Discoveroids: The Miracle of Childbirth.
Let’s see what we can learn about Simmons’ book. The information provided by Amazon is that the book’s publisher is Amazon.com Services LLC. What’s that all about? Oh, wait — the Discoveroids’ link took us to the Kindle version. The book is also available in paperback. Clicking to that and going to the publisher info line it says: “Independently published.” Make of that what you will, dear reader.
Okay, back to the Discoveroids. They say:
Dr. Simmons sees clues of design in the processes of reproduction, in development, and in the many complex events in the lungs and vascular system that make childbirth possible. There’s even evidence of intentionality behind aging and death.
Your Curmudgeon once explored the possibility that we humans were designed. You can see the results here: Buffoon Award Winner — The Intelligent Designer. Anyway, the Discoveroids finish their brief post with this:
In sum, Simmons argues, careful observations across many decades have shown that we never see such complex and foresight-rich processes created except by the working of mind or intelligence; it just doesn’t happen any other way.
So there you have it, dear reader. If you’re thrilled at the way your carcass is functioning, you can thank the intelligent designer — blessed be he! And if everything isn’t quite to your liking, then blame it on Adam & Eve. Whichever it is, there’s no need to consider anything as ridiculous as evolution.
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