[Imagine Twilight Zone Music] You are about to leave reality and travel into another dimension — a dimension of the mind, a dimension that exists beyond the laws of nature, unknowable by evidence and reason — a wondrous land of Oogity Boogity! You have embarked on a journey into the realm of miracles and mysticism, where your only guide is faith. There’s a signpost up ahead: Next stop — The Drool Zone.
At last our year-end adventure reaches its thundering climax as we arrive at the summit of the Discovery Institute’s list of their Top Ten stories for the year that just ended. These are the momentous events that have thrilled the Discoveroids and their generous patrons.
And now, on the first day of the New Year, we bring you the Top Two items that appeared last year at the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog. We know how anxious you are for this information, so with no delay we being you #2 Story of 2021: Caltech Finds Amazing Role for Nonctenoding DNA.
As they’ve done with all the other items in their latest Top Ten list, they don’t give the title of (or a link to) their earlier post — only the date when it appeared at their creationist blog. They say this one was originally posted on 03 December. It’s about junk DNA, so we ignored it when it first appeared. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Scientists at Caltech may have sounded the final death knell for the “junk DNA” myth.
Yeah, yeah — there’s no such thing as junk DNA. Every precious atom in your genome was deliberately placed there by the intelligent designer — blessed be he! We’re scanning their post to see if there’s anything else worth posting here. Well, okay, here’s the final paragraph:
This is a paper to remember. It shows in hindsight the fruitfulness of the ID perspective over the evolutionary one. Evolutionary thinking dismissed these non-coding RNAs as junk. ID thinking would have approached the unknown with the premise, “If something works, it’s not happening by accident.”
Magnificent, wasn’t it? And now, at last, we arrive at the Discoveroids’ Number One post for 2021: Happy New Year! #1 Story of 2021: Cambrian Explosion Goes Nuclear.
They say it’s something they originally posted on 08 April of last year, written by Günter Bechly, a Discoveroid senior fellow. We didn’t bother to blog about it when it first appeared. Like the other Discoveroids, Günter seems to suggest that the Cambrian Explosion is when the Intelligent Designer was super busy designing organisms. Here’s an excerpt:
Charles Darwin was quite aware that the sudden appearance of animals in the fossil record poses a major problem for his theory, but he hoped that this problem was due only to our insufficient knowledge of an incomplete fossil record, and therefore will dissolve over time with future research. However, 150 years of paleontological exploration after Darwin has made the problem far worse: not for nothing is it called the Cambrian Explosion.
That’s what we’re dealing with. You can click over there to read it all — if that’s your pleasure. We’ve already spent too much time on it.
Now you’ve seen what the Discoveroids regard as their Top Ten items for the year. We don’t know what to say about it — except what we said after last year’s list: it’s a tragic pile of [*bleep*]. What’s your opinion, dear reader?
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