The Discovery Institute’s creationist blog is once again featuring James Tour. His Wikipedia write-up mentions that he’s a signer of the Discoveroids’ Scientific Dissent From Darwinism. In addition to that credential, four years ago we wrote James Tour at the Jack Chick Website.
With credentials like that, you know that Tour is someone to whom you should pay attention. The Discoveroid blog post is titled More on James Tour’s Abiogenesis YouTube Series, and 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]:
On a new episode of ID the Future [Ooooooooooooh! A Discoveroid podcast!], physicist Brian Miller continues his review of James Tour’s origin-of-life YouTube series [link omitted].
Are you following this, dear reader? Tour has a YouTube series. That’s impressive! Then the Discoveroid post says:
As Miller explains, Tour, a world-renowned synthetic organic chemist and professor at Rice University, was inspired to create the series when YouTuber and evolutionist [Evolutionist? Egad!] Dave Farina critiqued Tour’s critique of contemporary origin-of-life claims.
Only a Darwinist fool! would critique someone like Jame Tour! The Discoveroids tell us:
In reviewing Tour’s video series, Miller and host Eric Anderson praise the Tour series and discuss the Levinthal paradox of the interactome, the ridiculously long odds of blind processes assembling the first living cell, and the challenge of cell death (think Humpty Dumpty and what all the king’s men couldn’t do).
Wikipedia has an article on Levinthal’s paradox. It’s about the allegedly impossible odds against proper protein folding. It seems that life is impossible without a miracle — or so the creationists claim.
The Discoveroids’ final paragraph is a biggie:
Also discussed: entropy, molecular machines, the challenges that Brownian motion and homochirality pose, the presence of intelligent design in attempts by origin-of-life researchers to assemble cellular building blocks, and a poll showing that the public has been misled [Gasp!] into believing that researchers have created simple life, and even frogs, in the lab. [That’s outrageous!] Download the podcast or listen to it here. [Link omitted!]
You don’t want to miss that one, dear reader. After you’ve experienced the podcast, get back here and tell us all about it.
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