Michael Behe Corrects Darwin’s Foolishness

The Discovery Institute is continung with its revival of old Discoveroids from the past. This time it’s Michael Behe. He’s a Discovery Institute Senior Fellow and a professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University. His colleagues at Lehigh are so impressed by his brilliance that they publicly disassociated themselves from him by issuing this statement: Department Position on Evolution and “Intelligent Design”. Also, as most of you know, he was the Discoveroids’ star witness in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. We wrote about his catastrophic appearance there in Michael Behe’s Testimony.

We just found this gem at at the Discoveroids’ creationist website: Watch: Michael Behe Corrects Darwin’s Detour with a Cumulative Case for Intelligent Design, and it was written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

The latest episode of Secrets of the Cell with Michael Behe is out now [Link omitted!], and that’s big news.

Yeah, big news indeed. Then Klinghoffer says:

But potentially even bigger is the release together of the entire first season, five episodes in one video, making a complete case for intelligent design in just a half hour.

Ooooooooooooh! — that is really big news! After that, Klinghoffer really gushes:

I had seen and admired each episode as it was released, much as you can admire each tile in a mosaic individually. But when the tiles are put together, the experience of seeing them is something quite different.

Throwing up yet? No? It’ll happen. Klinghoffer continues:

Dr. Behe, the Lehigh University biochemist, conducts viewers from the irreducibly complex wonders of a cell, with its molecular machinery greatly exceeding the sophistication of any human-designed factory, up through the mounting beauty and functionality of the organisms that depend on cells for life, from bugs to bears.

This is so wonderful! Let’s read on:

There isn’t just a negative argument here against evolutionary explanations founded on unguided processes, but a positive one, too. Biology aside, a “purposeful arrangement of parts” is how we recognize design in any area of our experience. The more intricate that arrangement, the more clearly it demands a verdict of design.

Your incredibly intricate carcass demands a verdict of design! Another excerpt:

As Behe notes, for thousands of years, the design of life was universally acknowledged by scientists and non-scientists, philosophers and physicians, young and old, religious and non-religious. Charles Darwin introduced a “detour” that is being corrected by Professor Behe and other scientists in the intelligent design community.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! All those scientists from thousands of years ago “universally acknowledged” the design of life. Darwin was a fool! And now we come to the end:

Watch the full half hour, and share it, and then watch the latest episode, “Bacteria: Superheroes of the Microbial World.”

The video is embedded in the Discoveriod post. You wanna see it? Okay, click over there and be amazed. Then come back and tell us all about it.

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20 responses to “Michael Behe Corrects Darwin’s Foolishness

  1. “… exceeding the sophistication of
    any human-designed factory .. ״
    And this is put forward as a reason to think that it is like design?

  2. “from bugs to bears”. Does Behe still believe in common descent? Does anybody know? His little slip in “Darwin’s Black Box” must have brought him many enemies in the ID camp.

  3. Wasn’t there another wing-nut that had a “demands a verdict”? If we took away all the titles with “demands a verdict” and “mere something-something” there wouldn’t any more wing-nuts left.

  4. @richard
    What “demands a verdict” in the law is standard: Opportunity, Means & Motive.

  5. @TomS Corpus delicti helps too but their corpus conveniently floated up into the sky–presumably not in orbit, in which case it still has a long way to go even if we assume the speed of light.

  6. In case anyone was wondering what the “detour” was, through the magic of the searchable youtube transcript feature:

    But almost everyone educated or not, religious or not, realize that life was intentionally designed. Going beyond biology, other fields have acknowledged purposeful design through the ages. Astronomy, chemistry, and physics all reveal arrangement and order. Science took a detour from that strong consensus when Charles Darwin proposed random unguided evolutionary causes.

  7. Klinghoffer: “Dr. Behe, the Lehigh University biochemist, conducts viewers from the irreducibly complex wonders of a cell, with its molecular machinery greatly exceeding the sophistication of any human-designed factory, up through the mounting beauty and functionality of the organisms that depend on cells for life, from bugs to bears.”

    It does not logically follow that if one thing greatly exceeds the sophistication of another thing known to be designed that the first thing must also necessarily be itself designed

  8. @richard
    I am not a lawyer, but my understanding is that “corpus delicti” is legal Latin for “the substance of the crime” (not “the dead body”).

  9. @TomS My bad, I thought corpus delicti meant “delectable corpse” because of how they were commanded to cannibalize their deity in their last supper rituals.

  10. Damn, no comments permitted on EN so I can`t ask Klink or Behe why their Designer created 37,000 (37,114 if you include Covid-19 and its variants) diseases to attack the human body. Life is so unfair.

  11. @richard
    If they want to take a legal style approach to analysis of the variety of life, fine. There is the exposition of legal procedure. Let them show how they could reach a “verdict”. One of the requirements is to produce a “corpus delicti”, and then Means, Motive and Opportunity.

  12. @TomS Last time they were in court they didn’t do very well. The ones that showed up anyway lol.

  13. docbill1351

    @TomS

    @richard
    I am not a lawyer, but my understanding is that “corpus delicti” is legal Latin for “the substance of the crime” (not “the dead body”).

    Whoa, this takes me back to my childhood, maybe 1963? Dick Tracy and the magnetic space coupe. It was stolen by a villain (Nails?) who murdered his victims with his long, sharp fingernails. His evil plan was to use the coupe to dump bodies in space, thus, “No more corpus delicti!” That phrase stuck with me all these years, lodged in my noodle like a bit of moldy cheese.

  14. longshadow

    How does Behe and his Minions distinguish between a “purposeful” arrangement of parts and a “useful” arrangement?

    It appears to be in the mind of the beholder.

  15. Dave Luckett

    Good point, longshadow. It’s the same thing, the other way up.

    I wonder how much of this is due to a simple misunderstanding of a common English word, namely “select”. I think the IDiots and creationists generally must think it means “purposefully select”. That is, they can’t conceive of a mindless selection process.

  16. @Dave Luckett Yep any “agent noun” is fair game because they are agent noun parasites who (dare I say dishonestly) exploit language for their own nefarious ends. Select -> selector. Example of creationist usage: “Golly wolly Mr. Gollywoggles, select implies a selector!”

  17. “Design” -> “Designer”

  18. Yep any verb that can be converted to an agent noun is fair game. Learn this one skill grasshopper, and you too will be a most excellent creationist.

  19. https://web.archive.org/web/20100328002309/http://www.newsweek.com/id/35784/page/1 (Sam Harris Vs. Rick Warren debate)

    HARRIS: I’m doing my Ph.D. in neuroscience; I’m very close to the literature on evolutionary biology. And the basic point is that evolution by natural selection is random genetic mutation over millions of years in the context of environmental pressure that selects for fitness.

    WARREN: Who’s doing the selecting?

  20. so. hmmmm….”unguided processes” as defined by Klunkledufus means no “oogity boogity” as far as I can tell. Fascinating……