There’s a frightening title to the latest post at the creationist blog of the Discovery Institute: Is Darwinism a Theory in Crisis?, and it has no author’s by-line.
Just below the title is an amazing photograph of Jonathan Wells, about whom we’ve written recently — see We’re Defeated by Evolution’s Biggest Problems. For background information about Wells, we referred you to one of our earlier posts, Discovery Institute: The Genius of Jonathan Wells. But if you really want to know about him, see his write-up at Wikipedia: Jonathan Wells (intelligent design advocate). They have a lot of information about his multi-decade career with the Unification Church — i.e., the “Moonies” — and then his affiliation with the Discoveroids.
Okay, that’s who Wells is. Now lets get back to the Discoveroid post. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
A new ID the Future episode [Ooooooooooooh! A Discoveroid podcast!] spotlights The Comprehensive Guide to Science and Faith [Amazon link], and specifically, an essay in the new anthology by biologist Jonathan Wells, “Is Darwinism a Theory in Crisis?”
They blogged about a different chapter of that book recently, about which we wrote We’re Defeated by Evolution’s Biggest Problems. Okay, back to the Discoveroids. They say:
As Wells and host Casey Luskin [Hee hee!] note, the essay title alludes to philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn’s influential 1962 book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.
Is Darwin’s theory in crisis? Let’s find out. The Discoveroid post tells us:
Kuhn argued there that if one studies the history of scientific revolutions, one finds that when the scientific evidence has begun to turn against a dominant scientific paradigm — when its days are numbered — its adherents do not simply concede defeat. [They don’t?] Instead they use all their institutional power to suppress dissent and punish proponents of any competing paradigm.
Well, yeah — that’s what Galileo encountered. But we’re a bit more civilized now — at least that’s how it seems to us. For example, when the eternally oscillating model of the universe was challenged by observations that the expansion of the universe is accelerating, not slowing down because of gravity, we don’t recall any violent opposition. Anyway, the Discoveroid post continues:
This is the period of crisis, which can last for years and even decades. Wells contends that modern evolutionary theory is a current instance of a dominant paradigm in crisis.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We’re getting near the end of the Discoveroids’ exciting post. Here’s another excerpt:
He briefly makes the case in this episode, and at greater length in his essay, which appears in the newly released anthology from Harvest House, edited by William Dembski, Casey Luskin, and Joseph Holden.
Sounds wonderful. Their post ends with this:
Download the podcast or listen to it here. [Link omitted!]
Okay, dear reader, you better start getting ready. The Moonie-Discoveroid is predicting some extreme times ahead, as the traditionalist Darwinists “use all their institutional power to suppress dissent and punish proponents of any competing paradigm.” It’s going to be wild!
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