The impression one gets after reading the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog over the years is that Michael Behe is one of the greatest scientists who ever lived, albeit with a few fools who are his critics.
He’s a professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University, where he has tenure so he’s never been Expelled. His colleagues at Lehigh are so impressed by his brilliance that they publicly disassociated themselves from him by issuing this statement: Department Position on Evolution and “Intelligent Design”.
Most of you know about Behe’s performance in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, where he was the Discoveroids’ star witness. Judge John E. Jones wrote a splendid opinion for all to see, and utterly shredded Behe’s evidence — see Kitzmiller v. Dover: Michael Behe’s Testimony.
If you’re a Behe admirer, you’ll be thrilled to know that he has a new book out. The Discoveroids have been posting about it recently, and they’ve done so today. The new post at their creationist blog is titled Vacuous Attacks from Brilliant Scientists: Behe Will Discuss in a Webinar, Saturday, November 21. 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]:
Darwin’s Black Box thrust Michael Behe to the forefront of the intelligent design movement. The Lehigh University biochemist has haunted the dreams of Darwinists ever since.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Does Behe haunt your dreams, dear reader? Same here. In case you never heard of it, this is the Wikipedia article on that book: Darwin’s Black Box. But that’s not what the Discoveroids are blogging about today. They say:
Each of his three books sparked a firestorm of criticism, in everything from the New York Times and the journal Science to the private blogs of professional atheists. Over the years, Behe has had a delightful time rebutting each attack, and now his responses are collected in a single volume entitled A Mousetrap for Darwin. [Amazon link.]
If you go to the Amazon listing, the first thing you’ll notice is that the publisher is the Discovery Institute. To us, that means it’s essentially a vanity press book. The thing is 556 pages long and it costs only — get this! — $25.95 in paperback. Wowie! And Amazon has a “Look inside” feature. Okay, let’s get back to the Discoveroids. They tell us:
We are excited to celebrate the official release of the book this weekend with a webinar featuring Dr. Behe himself [Ooooooooooooh! The great man himself!], who will speak about the content of this new volume and answer audience questions. Register here to join us online on Saturday, November 21, 10:00 am Pacific time. [Link omitted!]
The Discoveroids are excited. So are we. They continue:
The book’s title alludes to Behe’s homey illustration for his idea of irreducible complexity. A mousetrap with a missing part doesn’t work just a little worse. It doesn’t work at all. The same goes for the bacterial flagellum pictured on the cover of the new collection. … Rather, Darwin’s mechanism works principally by breaking things for short term benefit. It doesn’t build anything fundamentally new.
We’ve blogged about that stuff before — for example: Behe Says Dogs Are ‘Broken Wolves’. Very well then, if evolution can’t do it, then what does create new stuff? The Discoveroids ask and then answer that question:
What does? Intelligent design. [BWAHAHAHAHAHA!] According to Behe, one of the most powerful arguments that he is on the right track is the sheer vacuity of the attacks leveled against him, many offered by undeniably brilliant scientists. But are those criticisms really as empty as he thinks, or has Behe met his match? Look for A Mousetrap for Darwin on Amazon now and decide for yourself!
There’s not much left except a promotional link about Behe and another link about the the webinar. You’re not missing anything if we leave them here — so that’s what we’re doing.
One question remains: Are you gonna buy Behe’s new book?
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