With all the disturbing news in the world, it’s comforting to know that the Discovery Institute hasn’t lost its focus. At their creationist blog we found this today: Evolution and the “Experts” — A Liberating Message from Molecular Biologist Doug Axe. It was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
As molecular biologist Douglas Axe recalls, the Greek philosopher Gorgias (born about 483 BC) spent a lifetime pondering the nature of existence. At last he arrived at a firm conclusion: “Nothing exists.” In a presentation at the 2020 Dallas Conference on Science & Faith, Dr. Axe used Gorgias to illustrate his point that “expertise does not necessarily drive you in the right direction.” Sometimes it does the exact opposite. How could that be? Watch now and find out:
There’s a video embedded in the Discoveroid post; presumably it’s Axe discussing Gorgias. We haven’t looked at it. We understand there’s some dispute about whether Gorgias was serious, or if he was just being ironic — but we’re not well informed about him.
Some of you may be wondering: Who is Douglas Axe? He isn’t a Discoveroid “fellow.” Instead, he’s the director of Biologic Institute, the Discoveroids’ in-house research lab, where all the work is “peer reviewed” by Discoveroids. The Biologic website has a bio page which mentions Axe, so you can learn even more about him there — if you care to do so. Anyway, Klinghoffer says:
When Dr. Axe was planning his book, Undeniable: How Biology Confirms Our Intuition That Life Is Designed [link omitted], he considered doing as other scientists have done: distill a lot of technical literature down for a lay audience. But he ultimately decided that that was to “play into the hands” of those atheists and materialists he was arguing against. [Can’t do that!] They would simply tell his lay readers that the readers were in no position to judge even an ultimate question like this — the origins of life — and must instead docilely confirm the majority or “consensus” view of people holding PhDs in the correct fields. As Axe says here, “I firmly believe you don’t need a PhD to decide whether we are cosmic accidents or not.”
Ooooooooooooh! Axe says you don’t need a fancy college degree; you can decide the Big Questions for yourself! After that liberating information, Klinghoffer tells us:
Axe tells some of his own personal story, which I did not know. As a high school student he dissected frogs in biology class and found that uninspiring. [But it was fun to watch the girls squirm.] It wasn’t until college at U.C. Berkley and grad school at Caltech that he came to appreciate the wonders of life at the molecular level. He realized, “This is engineering, remarkable engineering, far beyond anything humans can do.” [Brilliant insight!]
It seems inevitable that Axe would become a Discoveroid. Klinghoffer continues:
But he explains why, even without his background as a professional scientist, we all already know what we need to know to decide whether life reflects intelligent purpose. [Yes!] This is an affirming and liberating message.
It brings tears of joy to your eyes, doesn’t it? And now we’ve arrived at Klinghoffer’s final paragraph:
Looking for more great content in contrast to all the negativity everywhere else in the media and online? [Of course! Isn’t everyone?] We have been releasing videos from Discovery Institute’s January event in Dallas. [Ooooooooooooh!] Come back next Wednesday for Stephen Meyer on “The Return of the God Hypothesis.”
Wowie! Best news we’ve heard in a long time. We’ll be here!
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