This one at the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog is brief, but it’s also beyond description. Their title is Tour to Meyer: Make Your Best Case for the Theory of Intelligent Design, and it has no author’s by-line.
We’ll give you some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this] — but first we’ll remind you who “Tour” and “Meyer” are.
A few years ago at the Jack Chick newsletter we found: World-Famous Chemist Says Peers Hide from Explaining Evolution! Yes, that’s right — the Jack Chick organization praised Tour. And that’s not all. Three years ago we wrote Discovery Institute Praises James Tour. Creationists love the guy, so it’s not surprising to find Tour featured in another Discoveroid blog post.
As for Meyer, here’s his write-up in Wikipedia: Stephen Meyer. His Discoveroid job description has changed over the years, but as their bio page indicates, he’s one of their senior fellows and currently the Program Director of their Center for Science and Culture — that’s their creationism shop. It should not be forgotten that Meyer was a central figure in the infamous Sternberg peer review controversy. According to the Discoveroids’ 2016 Tax Return, Meyer’s salary was $250K.
Okay, now that you’re oriented, let’s dive into the Discoveroids’ post.
On a new episode of ID the Future [Ooooooooooooh! A Discoveroid podcast!], Rice University chemist James Tour and Discovery Institute philosopher of science Stephen Meyer continue their conversation about the origin of life and intelligent design.
Try to imagine what a profound discussion that must be. Then try to grasp that stuff like that happens all the time at Discoveroid headquarters. It sounds heavenly! But let’s not get sidetracked. The Discoveroids then say:
They assess an exchange about the former [the origin of life] between physicists Brian Miller and Jeremy England, and Tour notes his hesitance about ID.
Who are Miller and England? Brian Miller’s name doesn’t come up very often around here. He isn’t a Discoveroid “fellow,” but their bio page for him says:
Dr. Brian Miller is Research Coordinator for the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute. He holds a B.S. in physics with a minor in engineering from MIT and a Ph.D. in physics from Duke University. He speaks internationally on the topics of intelligent design and the impact of worldviews on society.
We wrote about Jeremy England only once before. It was six years ago — see Dr Jeremy England: Life Is Inevitable. Also, here’s his Wikipedia writeup: Jeremy England and his page at MIT. He doesn’t seem to be a creationist.
Okay, let’s get back to the Discoveroids. Their post continues:
Professor Tour asks Dr. Meyer to make his best case for the theory of intelligent design. Download the podcast or listen to it here. [Link omitted.]
Wowie — Meyer’s “best case” for intelligent design! That ought to be a great podcast! The Discoveroid post ends with this:
The episode is excerpted from a longer interview Dr. Tour conducted with Dr. Meyer as part of his excellent new video series, The Science & Faith Podcast: Follow the Evidence. [Link omitted.]
Okay, dear reader. You’ve got a lot of videos to look at. Go ahead and look at them — if you’ve got nothing better to do. Then let us know what we’re missing.
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