It was less than three weeks ago, so you probably remember when the Discovery Institute was gushing and gloating that a respected journal had published an article about intelligent design. When it happened we wrote Intelligent Design’s Big Breakthrough!
Well, the Discoveroids are still in ecstasy. They just posted this at their creationist blog: Journal Finds It Can’t Keep a Good Pro-ID Paper Down. 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]:
I have to laugh. The Journal of Theoretical Biology tried to trash its own paper because it was friendly to intelligent design.
That journal is in an awkward situation. Their decision to publish that article seems — at least to us — inexplicable and indefensible. Klinghoffer says:
Intimidated by the censors [Hee hee!], they placed a Disclaimer on it making it appear that the penitent editors had no idea that they had published a peer-reviewed paper favorable to ID, though the authors, Steinar Thorvaldsen and Ola Hössjer, explicitly cite intelligent design, by that name, as well as a range of familiar ID scientists and researchers and ID-related concepts.
We’ve heard that the term “intelligent design” didn’t appear in the paper when it somehow slipped through peer review. Rather, that expression was added by the authors during proof-reading, just prior to publication. If that’s what happened, it was rather sneaky. Still, the decision to publish the paper even when that expression wasn’t there is difficult to understand. Klinghoffer tells us:
We have covered the paper about biological fine-tuning here already. See [links to four Discoveroid blog articles omitted.]
Well, as a correspondent points out, the paper is this prominent biology journal’s current No. 1 most downloaded article.
There’s a lot of curious people out there. Klinghoffer finishes his triumphant post with this:
What’s more, it beats out several others in the Top 10 about Covid and related hot topics! [Whoopie!] Download it yourself now. [Don’t you anything better to do?] If what they sought to do was bury the paper, they failed spectacularly.
The Discoveroids’ generous patrons must be thrilled, but if they’re expecting the “science” of intelligent design to suddenly become respectable, they’re going to be disappointed. Ah well, let ’em have their moment of triumph. It’ll be over soon enough.
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