An Ark-Load of Wonders from Casey Luskin

Look at the wonderful post we found at the creationist blog of the Discovery Institute. The thing is titled Casey Luskin Tells All About His South African Adventures. It’s very brief and it doesn’t have an author’s by-line. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

On a new episode of ID the Future [Ooooooooooooh! A Discoveroid podcast!], host Rob Crowther interviews Casey Luskin, recently back from getting his PhD in geology at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa.

Wowie — this is thrilling stuff! You already know who Casey is. In case you somehow missed the news, we recently wrote Casey Is Back — O the Joy! Okay, let’s read on. The Discoveroids say:

Dr. Luskin [Doctor Luskin!], who formerly worked for Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, and who has just now rejoined the CSC as Associate Director [Impressive title!], tells about his adventures doing field research in Africa, his side interest in human origins …

We’re breaking that sentence into two parts because it contains so much information. If you’ve digested the first part, here’s the rest of it — and it’s also the end of the Discoveroid post:

… his cross-cultural experiences, the amazing game parks, museums, and fossil sites he visited, and a little bit about his PhD, including some evidence suggesting that parts of Africa and Western Australia used to be connected.

That’s a whole lot of amazing information in one podcast, and we know you want to watch it. The Discoveroids link to the thing right at the end, but we’re not going to put the link here. We want you to work for it, so click over to the Discoveroids’ blog post and you’ll find the link. After you’ve seen the thing, get back here and tell us all about it. We’ll be waiting!

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9 responses to “An Ark-Load of Wonders from Casey Luskin

  1. a little bit about his PhD, including some evidence suggesting that parts of Africa and Western Australia used to be connected.

    Begin LOL in 3, 2, 1 …

    Does Dr. Gerb mean Gondwana, proposed around 1850? Supported by over 150 years of geological mapping and dissertations out the wazoo? Divorced during the Jurassic. Golf clap, Dr. Gerb, golf clap.

    (A “wazoo” being a geological formation known for spewing vast volumes of hot air.)

  2. Part of the DI’s strategy is to be a small target. They don’t have to defend Arks or 6 000 years ago or six days of creation or any of that. All they’re saying is that some act or an unknown number of acts was done, or allowed to happen, by some unknown intelligence at an unknown time or times and place or places, which by an undefined process caused unidentified but crucial effects which led towards the origin of life, and/or possibly its development, at unspecified points or stages. The main argument for this proposition is “You can’t prove otherwise!”

    So Casey isn’t bothered by observations of plate tectonics and inferred continental movements over hundreds of millions of years. The ICR and Ken Ham can concern themselves with that.

    Of course, the drawback to this strategy is that the premise is so small as to be invisible. It’s meant to be the thin edge of the wedge, but it’s so thin that it doesn’t achieve anything. That’s because it doesn’t actually mean anything.

  3. @Dave Luckett
    The big drawback is that it is compatible with our having common ancestors with chimps and other apes.

  4. Meh, all three above already wrote what I wanted to write:

    “Gondwana, proposed around 1850”
    “Part of the DI’s strategy is to be a small target.”
    “it is compatible with …..”

    So what can I add?
    Marketing strategy, perhaps. Dr. Casey is trying to boost his scientific credibility in the eyes of the easily impressed.

  5. @FrankB
    Marketing strategy.

  6. Eddie Janssen

    In between Western Australia and South Africa was Antarctica in Gondwana and Pangea times. So Casey is not proposing something widely known but something new (I asume he means they were next to each other like Africa and South America).
    And as it looks, something rather surprising.

  7. A friend just reminded me of the 1995 essay by Umberto Eco “Fourteen Ways of Being a Blackshirt” which describes “Ur Fascism”.

  8. The ideal present (birthday, anniversary or otherwise) for our dear SC:

  9. Eddie Janssen

    Ah, the connection between Western Australia and South Africa Luskin is talking about is thought to have happened 3 billion yars ago on the Kaapvaal Kraton if I heard the name correctly. Very, very much earlier than Gondwana and/or Pangea.