Discoveroids Have Big News for Darwin Day

The Discovery Institute is planning to combat Darwin Day — the celebration of Charles Darwin’s birthday on 12 February 1809 — by launching an exciting counter-offensive. They announce it at their creationist blog in this new article: Coming on Darwin Day, a New Video Series — Secrets of the Cell with Michael Behe. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

To reach ever-wider audiences of the skeptical and the unconvinced, whether in academia or the general culture, is the central mission of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture.

In other words, the Discoveroids’ principle function is propaganda, not science. They say:

What better occasion for that could there be than Darwin Day, February 12? The birthday of the great man is an occasion each year for atheists and materialists to promote once again the theory of purposeless, unguided evolution.

Egad — evolution is purposeless and unguided. That alone is sufficient reason to reject it. They tell us:

The cell is what biochemist Michael Behe [Hee hee!] has called a “black box,” its spectacularly complex, superbly designed contents unknown to Darwin himself. [Gasp! Darwin was an ignoramus!] When the box was opened by modern science, it was the turning-point moment for the articulation of intelligent design theory. [Ooooooooooooh!] A revolution followed, fundamentally challenging how scientists discuss the history of life.

With that in mind, this coming Darwin Day, Wednesday of next week, we will be launching an exciting new way to introduce your friends and family to the revolutionary work of Professor Behe.

You know about Michael Behe, a Discovery Institute “Senior Fellow.” He’s a professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University, where his colleagues are so impressed by his brilliance that they publicly disassociated themselves from him by issuing this statement: Department Position on Evolution and “Intelligent Design”. Here’s the Discoveroids’ exciting new Behe information:

It’s Secrets of the Cell with Michael Behe, a five-part YouTube series [Ooooooooooooh! YouTube!] that will provide a non-technical and beautifully produced introduction to Behe’s key ideas. Look for it here at Evolution News.

If it’s on YouTube, you know it’s good. They don’t allow idiots to post nonsense on YouTube. The Discoveroids continue:

The series is the brainchild of filmmaker Cal Covert, President of Silver Ridge Productions, a media production company based in Virginia. Covert has more than 30 years of experience in television and video production. As a bonus, he graduated from Lehigh University, where Dr. Behe is a professor. … “I’m a big fan of Discovery Institute,” says Cal.

Very impressive! Let’s read on:

Secrets of the Cell employs Behe himself [Wow!] as the onscreen host, showing him like you’ve never seen him before — out in the woods, in an auto shop, operating a drone, driving a jeep. Each 4-6 minute episode investigates some intriguing discovery in science — micro-machines inside the cell, gears in insects, or the evolution of polar bears, and more. Behe uses the examples to explain his concepts of irreducible complexity, the “edge” of evolution, and Darwinian devolution. A new episode of Secrets of the Cell will be released each week from February to early March.

The Discoveroid post dribbles on a bit longer, but we’ve already given you the important news, so this is where we’ll leave them. And now, we’ll all be eagerly awaiting the initial release in the series — on Darwin Day! Isn’t this exciting?

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18 responses to “Discoveroids Have Big News for Darwin Day

  1. As far as being revolutionary, look at the Wikipedia article on “Irreducible complexity” for about three centuries of history of it.

  2. The Discoveroids announce

    When the box was opened by modern science, it was the turning-point moment for the articulation of intelligent design theory.

    Did the DI find, in the fashion of Schrödinger’s cat, that the horse they’ve been flogging was dead?

  3. Did they find an alternative explanation for the variety of life, or for anything? Did they find a description of “intelligent design”? Like what might happen, when and where, how or why, when an instance of ID occcurs?

  4. Unfortunately our dear SC’s statement about YouTube is incomplete:

    “They don’t allow idiots to post nonsense on YouTube”
    but they do allow IDiots to post IDiocy.

  5. Michael Fugate

    “It’s Secrets of the Cell with Michael Behe, a five-part YouTube series that will provide a non-technical and beautifully produced introduction to Behe’s key ideas. ”

    So it will look good and say nothing – or – all hat and no cattle.

    The stunning DI logic. Darwin didn’t know about genetics…and therefore… evolution is wrong. Darwin didn’t know about the cell…and therefore…evolution is wrong – again.

  6. “Secrets of the Cell employs Behe himself [Wow!] as the onscreen host, showing him like you’ve never seen him before — out in the woods, in an auto shop, operating a drone, driving a jeep”

    Fighting nazis and other ‘evilutionists’ with a flagellum in each hand. Should we call him Indiana Behe, Montana Behe, Illinois Behe?

  7. Desnes Diev asks: “Should we call him Indiana Behe, Montana Behe, Illinois Behe?”

    How about Pee Wee Behe?

  8. Richard Staller

    They’ll lie to children
    Yes, Discoveroids do and they even lie to adult children. By the way who dresses Behe?

  9. You have to write a lot of books to pay for a lot of kids.The LeHigh salary might not cut it.

  10. Karl Goldsmith

    “intelligent design theory.” Got to love the pretence.

  11. Yeah, especially when combined with “evolution is just a theory”.
    Verily, they are IDiots.

  12. … a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

  13. @Desnes Diev Hey now, we’ve got plenty of problems in Illinois, don’t give us Behe.

  14. Michael Fugate

    In Darwin’s day, everyone knew organisms were quite complex and that didn’t prevent the acceptance of evolution. How is the cell any different?

  15. And when scientists opened the wonderful black box of the cell, did they find a bunch of god fairies hopping about, or a collection of molecules operating under the guidance of chemistry and physics?

  16. We seem to encounter a continuous series of creationist “events” that are expected to debunk evolution or something similar but they all seem to a sink without a ripple. Do you suppose that their big announcements don’t carry the authority that the organizations touting them expect?

  17. Every science attracts investigators because there are open questions. That is what makes them interesting. There is something to do.
    But creationism and/or intelligent design are not interesting answers to the puzzles. Whatever happens, it has the same old “just because”. If ever somebody had an interesting theory of ID, then somebody would pay attention to it.

  18. @TomS: “… are not interesting answers …..”
    Obviously. Even the creacrappers themselves get tired of pointing at new examples of “science can’t explain” and “it looks designed to me, so blessed be MOFO!”. Just look at the their internet versions of scientific journals. So what remains is “evolution is wrong, no matter how”. That’s something they never get tired of.