This one isn’t quote-mining, but it’s related. We found it at the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog, titled Dawkins Is Knocked “Sideways with Wonder” by Cell’s Design. It was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Our colleague Andrew McDiarmid [He hosts their podcasts!] found a pretty stunning tweet from an unlikely person. [This is about a tweet?] Atheist biologist Richard Dawkins is “[knocked] sideways with wonder at the miniaturized intricacy of the data-processing machinery in the living cell.”
You know who Richard Dawkins is. He’s knowledgeable, respected, and as Wikipedia says, he’s “well known for his criticism of creationism and intelligent design.” What can Klinghoffer do with that tweet? He says:
Yes, he doesn’t call it “intelligent design,” of course, and I’m confident he would deny the cell is designed. But that’s the kind of thing ID proponents say all the time. [They’re knocked sideways?] In fact, if I didn’t know the source, I would guess it might be someone writing at Evolution News [the Discoveroids’ creationist blog]. I am knocked sideways at hearing it from Dawkins.
Klinghoffer is knocked sideways? Okay. While in that posture, he tells us:
Andrew [the Discoveroid podcast host, presumably] asks why the technology we use every day naturally prompts a design inference, but the far more fantastically advanced biological machinery in the cell does not.
This looks like nothing more than the old Watchmaker analogy. The TalkOrigins Index to Creationist Claims has a zillion items regarding design — for example: Complexity indicates intelligent design. Klinghoffer continues with a big quote, presumably from Andrew McDiarmid. Here’s some of it:
These days, we surround ourselves with technology to stay in touch, to keep ourselves informed, and to manage the challenges of our daily lives. We also recognize in our devices and machines all the hallmarks of design, understanding reflexively that they express the ingenuity of engineers or software developers. Our appreciation for applied intelligence comes as second nature to us — we intuitively recognize the work of other minds.
But what happens when we look up from our technology and survey the world of nature? When we look up at the movement of the planets, or into the eyes of our children, or when we peer through a microscope into a living cell? Do we see signs of minds in those places? Do we sense intelligence and forethought? Or does our intuition of design stop at the iPhone and the jet airplane?
Yeah, yeah — you agree that your computer is designed, so why not your tushie? You want more of that quote from McDiarmid? Okay, but just a bit more:
In a recent tweet, the world’s most famous scientific atheist, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, confessed to being knocked “sideways with wonder at the miniaturized intricacy of the data-processing machinery in the living cell.”
Dawkins wrote the tweet after watching an animation produced by an Australian medical institute showing how cells store and copy the vast amounts of digital information present in DNA. The digital information technology found in living cells (as depicted in this and other animations) has raised profound questions about an enduring scientific mystery: how did the very first life begin? And did a mind or intelligent designer play a role?
That’s enough! Oh, Klinghoffer’s post ends with what he says is the video that Dawkins was watching when he made the “knocked sideways” remark. Go ahead, take a look. Then let us know if you too are knocked sideways. And if you are, does that mean you’re a creationist?
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