This one from the Discovery Institute is important — very important. It’s titled Reader Seeks Intelligent Design in a Nutshell, and it was written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
A reader writes to ask:
[Klinghoffer quotes from his fan mail:] I have always had a few nagging doubts about natural selection. I have watched a few videos and downloaded some books by key ID people but I have still not found **a brief summary** of the main evidence against natural selection and for ID. Most of the videos are WAY too long and meander all over the place. You really need to sharpen things up so we can see all the KEY points gathered in one place for everyone to access.
That seems like a reasonable request. Klinghoffer says:
“Meander all over the place”? Well, I hope not. And from my own experience I disagree. However, I appreciate the request for a really concise presentation of the evidence for ID and the evidence against the sufficiency of natural selection for explaining all biological novelty. The topic is a bit sprawling, and not simple. But cutting to the heart of even a very big subject is possible and desirable and important. Here’s an attempt at an answer.
Get ready, dear reader. Klinghoffer is going to sum up the whole dispute between evolution and the Discoveroids’ brand of creationism. He tells us:
For maximum clarity and compression, you can’t do better than Stephen Meyer’s PragerU video, “Evolution: Bacteria to Beethoven.” [It’s embedded in the Discoveroids’ post.]
We haven’t looked at it — or any Discoveroid video. Klinghoffer continues:
For a summary of the information argument for intelligent design, I recommend “The Information Enigma,” which I participated in scripting: [It’s embedded in the Discoveroids’ post.]
Ooooooooooooh! Information! Don’t forget to look at Phlogiston, Vitalism, and Information. Let’s read on:
On a specific problem with arguments for evolution, the recent video from Discovery Institute on homology, from the “Long Story Short” series, is delightful: [It’s embedded in the Discoveroids’ post.]
Oh, and be sure to visit us here on Darwin Day, February 12, when Evolution News will debut the first in a series of short videos, Secrets of the Cell with Michael Behe. Watch the trailer here. Each video is under five minutes in length: [It’s embedded in the Discoveroids’ post.]
That’s an ark-load of stuff to look at, and Klinghoffer isn’t done yet. He saved the best for last. Here it comes:
Beyond videos, the Evolution News series on the Top Six pieces of evidence for intelligent design is excellent, and I think you will find it useful:
• “The Origin of the Universe”
• “The Fine-Tuning of the Universe”
• “The Origin of Information in DNA and the Origin of Life”
• “The Origin of Irreducibly Complex Molecular Machines”
• “The Origin of Animals”
• “The Origin of Humans”
Each of those bullet-pointed items is a link, but you don’t need that. Your Curmudgeon wrote about all of those Discoveroid “Top Six” items, and if you’re interested, here ya go:
Klinghoffer ends on a courteous note:
Thank you to the reader for the prompt to me to recommend these resources.
We’ll end with what we said at the finish of our post on Discoveroids’ arguments 5 & 6: “In six concise posts, the Discoveroids have presented their best case for intelligent design. They’ve given us such powerful arguments that the wicked house of Darwin is certain to collapse. Verily, in the annals of internet history — actually, all of human history — this Discoveroid series will rank with, if not surpass, the influence of the Time Cube.”
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