The Discovery Institute has apparently given up all hope of getting their “theory” of intelligent design into secular schools and universities. Instead, they write books of dubious value, philosophize in their blog, and generate podcasts. It’s sufficient to keep their generous patrons happy, but finding stuff we can blog about is increasingly difficult.
They posted something today at their creationist blog that you may find amusing. It’s Paul Nelson: “Take What Darwin Got Right and Build That into Your Theory of Design”, written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Something I’ve said for a long time is that the theory of intelligent design is a theory of evolution — that is, a theory that explains the origins of biological novelties over the course of the long history of life.
Does anyone remember Klinghoffer saying that before? We don’t. Anyway, then he says:
It differs from Darwinian evolution in keys aspects, but not in all ways. [Hee hee!] To call ID “anti-evolution” is just not accurate. [Can you believe this?] I find some support for that in comments from philosopher of biology Paul Nelson [a Discoveroid “senior fellow”] on a new episode of ID the Future. [Ooooooooooooh! A Discoveroid podcast!]
Here’s the Discoveroids’ bio page on Nelson. He’s a professor at Biola University, a bible college. Klinghoffer finds support for what he has “always” said in Nelson’s words of wisdom, about which he tells us:
Dr. Nelson is back from a pilgrimage to the Galápagos Islands, where a young Charles Darwin drew some conclusions that would shape his mature thinking. As Paul explains to host Andrew McDiarmid, he rejects the idea that the agenda for intelligent design should be to “punch Darwin in the nose.” Not at all.
This is a fascinating bit of historical revision, considering some of the Discoveroids’ earlier posts we’ve written about — e.g.: Klinghoffer: Darwin and Mao (Attila Next?), and also Klinghoffer: Darwinism is the Path to Putrefaction. Klinghoffer continues:
[Presumably quoting Nelson:] “Darwin got a lot of things right,” including about the role of history in shaping species. [Like the Cambrian “explosion” they’re always babbling about?] The task for ID is to “take what Darwin got right and build that into your theory of design.” In other words, while discarding the weaknesses of the competing evolutionary theory, the job is to integrate the strengths of the old with the strengths of the new.
Sounds like a nice project for the Discoveroids. Here’s how their post ends:
Download the podcast or listen to it here. [Link omitted.] And don’t miss the first and second episodes of this terrific interview series with Paul: [Links omitted.]
And so, dear reader, the Discoveroids continue their efforts to build on the strengths of Darwin’s theory. What a great bunch of folks!
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