We have almost arrived at the peak of the Discovery Institute’s list of their Top Ten accomplishments for the year. For those who are just now joining us, you can find their Number Ten mentioned here: Curmudgeonly Christmas 2021 & Free Fire Zone, and then we posted Discoveroids’ Top Ten for the Year — 9, 8, & 7. And most recently we posted The Discoveroids’ Top Ten for 2021: #6 and #5.
Those were all thrilling scientific accomplishments, but as you will soon see, they are as nothing compared to the items above them on the Discoveroids’ list. Today, dear reader, we’re getting close to the top, so brace yourself for what you’re about to read.
At the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog we find #4 Story of 2021: Human Origins Research Is a Big Mess, and it’s a copy of a Discoveroid post written by Günter Bechly on 10 May of this year. We somehow ignored it then, but now we have another opportunity to appreciate its incredible importance. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
In several articles at Evolution News (Bechly 2017a-d, 2018a-b, 2019a-d) [Günter’s incomprehensible citations will hereafter be omitted!] and podcasts at ID the Future I have described in recent years how human origins research is in a ridiculous state of constant major “rewritings” and refutations of allegedly indisputable textbook wisdom. This is mainly due to surprising new discoveries of hominin fossils. The situation goes far beyond the healthy normal progress of science. Instead, it suggests that something is wrong with the general narrative, which needs not just some rewriting here and there, but a major rethinking and paradigm change (Bechly 2017c).
We’ve seen that sort of thing from Günter before, which is probably why we skipped the post the Discoveroids are trumpeting now. For example see Günter Bechly Says Darwinism Fails Again.
It seems that Günter wants a perfectly-preserved fossil from every generation showing every little step in human evolution, and whenever something new is found, he claims the whole subject is in chaos. For some reason, his latest post on that theme is one of the Discoveroids’ greatest accomplishments. Whoopie!
Moving along, the Discoveroids’ next post is #3 Story of 2021: In Mainstream Journal, ID Theorists on “Waiting Time” Problem for Coordinated Mutations. It’s a copy of something they posted on 18 August. For this year’s Top Ten list they don’t link to or give the titles of their earlier posts. They just copy them, so it’s a bit of a task for us to search our blog to see if we’ve written about this stuff.
We think we ignored this one, and for good reason. It’s about a recently published paper, about which they say:
The paper is part of the “Waiting Times” project, spurred by Discovery Institute as part of its ID 3.0 initiative, and it investigates a question of vital interest to the theory of intelligent design: How long does it take for traits to evolve when multiple mutations are required to give an advantage? A previous peer-reviewed publication from this team appeared as a chapter in the 2018 Springer volume Stochastic Processes and Applications. This latest paper is lengthy, technical, and math intensive. In other words, it’s not for the fainthearted, but it’s open access and free to read here. If you feel up to the challenge download and read!
And the last paragraph of their paper says this:
As I noted, this paper is methodological, meaning it’s only developing a mathematical model and not yet applying it to real world biological systems. [Aaaargh!!] One hopes in the future the team will apply their model to real biological systems. We will then see what the implications are for the viability of standard evolutionary mechanisms to account for the origin of such traits.
Of course we ignored it! So did just about everyone else, but now the Discoveroids are claiming that it’s of cosmic importance. We’ll let you judge this one dear reader.
So there you are. All that remains of the Discoveroids’ Top Ten list is Number Two and then — O the excitement! — Number One. Stay tuned to this blog!
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