You must agree, dear reader, that the Discovery Institute has been confronted with one of the greatest scientific challenges imaginable. They’re trying to promote intelligent design when they have no evidence to support their “theory” that we were miraculously and lovingly assembled by the intelligent designer — blessed be he! Instead of experiments and observations to support their “theory” — they rely on analogies, obvious distortions, and quote-mining. In spite of this, their performance has been magnificent.
One of their tactics is trying to smear Darwin by claiming that some of history’s worst villains — Marx, Hitler, Mao, etc. — were influenced by his work. To make up for the lack of experimental results and publications in respectable journals, they maintain their own research facility, Biologic Institute. The work done there sometimes appears in their own “peer reviewed” journal, BIO-Complexity.
In addition, they crank out blog posts, vanity-press books, videos and podcasts. That’s what they’re talking about today at their creationist blog. Their new post is titled Intelligent Design YouTube Festival — June 16-30, 2020, and it has no author’s by-line. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Starting later today, we will be celebrating 15 YouTube videos produced by the Center for Science & Culture [i.e. the Discoveroids] that have received more than 100,000 views each.
Ooooooooooooh! YouTube videos! Verily, that’s an accomplishment worth bragging about. You gotta admit, dear reader, the Discoveroids are plucky. Yes, that’s the word for it — plucky. They say:
For 15 days [Gasp!], we will be highlighting one video per day and sharing something about the story behind each video.
Darwin — the fool! — couldn’t even imagine doing anything so incredibly magnificent. Then they tell us:
We are highlighting these videos in the hope that you might become one of our “movie producers” and provide funds to help us create even more videos in the months ahead.
Wowie — who wouldn’t want to get involved with that? Their post continues:
Keep watch for the first video that will be posted later today.
Oh yeah, we’ll be watching! And now we come to the end:
Please donate now to our video production fund! [Link omitted.]
This is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for, dear reader. You can be part of the greatest scientific movement of all time. And when you send them your contribution, tell ’em the Curmudgeon sent ya!
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