Discoveroids Say The Universe Was Made for Us

It’s still possible to find entertaining stuff at the creationist website of the Discovery Institute. This one is titled Watch: Science Reveals the “Miracle of Man”, 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]:

“In my book The Miracle of Man,” [Amazon link] says biologist Michael Denton in a brief video [embedded in the post], “I provide what is to my knowledge the most comprehensive review in print of nature’s unique fitness for human biology.”

Wowie — we’re not fit for nature; nature is fit for us! The quote from Denton continues:

“I describe a stunning set of ensembles of prior environmental fitness, many clearly written into the laws of nature from the moment of creation, enabling the actualization of key defining attributes of our biology.”

Amazing! From the moment of creation, the universe was ready for us. After that astonishing revelation, Klinghoffer tells us:

In other words, in his book, Denton shows how science has triumphantly reversed the depressive trend of the past five centuries. [Huh?] That trend cast human beings as accidental debris thrown up by the cosmos. On the contrary, Denton shows, the universe planned for us very carefully, seeding a planetary environment “uniquely fit” for our own biology.

Aren’t you thrilled, dear reader? The universe planned for us! Klinghoffer continues:

The evidence is no longer controversial. [Hee hee!] The exquisite fine-tuning was no accident. It could not have been by chance.

Only a fool would deny it! And now we come to the end:

Watch the video [embedded in the Discoveroid post], and then read The Miracle of Man [Amazon link previously given], out now, to learn why.

We looked at the Amazon listing. The book costs only $16.95 in paperback — an amazing bargain! And yes, Amazon has a “Look inside” feature. But best of all — the publisher is the Discovery Institute. That’s very impressive! So don’t hesitate, dear reader — buy the thing! And tell ’em the Curmudgeon sent ya!

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21 responses to “Discoveroids Say The Universe Was Made for Us

  1. Also known as the My Mom Said I’m Special theory of the universe.

  2. Derek Freyberg

    “And tell ’em the Curmudgeon sent ya!”
    Or, in this case, tell the Klingon Douglas Adams sent ya!

  3. I think the world was made for lizards.

  4. If one thinks that the evidence shows that nature is compatible with the existence of humans …
    Then one thinks that the laws of nature are enough to produce humans …
    There is no need for anything supernatural to account for our.existence …

  5. @Paul S Nails it 100%. Grow up creationists.

  6. Luke Richardson

    “This is rather as if you imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, ‘This is an interesting world I find myself in — an interesting hole I find myself in — fits me rather neatly, doesn’t it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!’ This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, frantically hanging on to the notion that everything’s going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. I think this may be something we need to be on the watch out for.” – Douglas Adams

  7. Puck Mendelssohn

    Denton’s an odd one, to be sure. I know a few ID Creationists who seem to think that he’s the biggest genius of the bunch, but every time I read something from Denton it’s surprisingly bad. Of course, given the quality of ID Creationism, he may STILL be the biggest genius of the bunch.

  8. Yeah, sure. I’ll buy it. A sun that emits cancer causing radiation,
    Earth’s tilted axis that causes seasonal temperature extremes. Water, a solvent that expands when frozen. Nice in a drink, lethal for cells.

  9. I’m sure many of the readers here are familiar with this book:
    ,em>The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us.
    by Victor J. Stenger. And I definitely agree with TomS above. No need for a sky fairy to explain the universe.

  10. Dave Luckett

    We live, for a time. But the Universe will kill us, sooner or later. Does that mean that Samuel Beckett was right, and we are born over a grave?

    If you want to know the answer to that question – and I can well understand reluctance – look at the national portrait gallery’s image of Beckett, the grim, bleak, angry despair in every crag and gully of it. Beckett was right, for Beckett. As Scrooge was told by Marley, “I wear the chain I forged in life”. We create our own faces. Beckett was indeed born over a grave.

    I can only say that I was not. I am on a journey with others into an endlessly fascinating Universe. The journey will end, as all journeys must, but that’s not the point. The journey is the point. If there is no other, that alone is still enough.

    Everything has a downside. Everything has an up. Water expands when frozen. Nice in a drink. Glorious in an iceberg, majestic, wonderful. And lethal, as the passengers in Titanic found.

    And if any choose to regard that as evidence for some kind of purpose, who am I to say they are wrong? Some propositions I can reject, because I know them to be false to fact. But purpose in the Universe? I can’t say. I don’t know.

    Only one thing more: Because I know that I don’t know, I distrust anybody who thinks they do.

  11. Water expands when it freezes.
    This has been taken as an example of the design of nature for life. If water (like very many substances) did not expand on freezing, then a body of water could freeze totally solid, rather than: forming a protective layer at the top and keep a liquid environment for the survival of fish.

  12. 14 billion years and all we get are lousy Discoveroids. Honestly I think a turnip could have done a better job.

  13. @richard
    Why speak so lowly about turnips?
    A turnip can produce complex systems of eukaryotic cells, far more complex than any intelligent designer can do.

  14. Techreseller

    The universe was made for bacteria and viruses. Look how many bacteria our bodies support. Animals and plants exist to feed and support bacteria and viruses.

  15. @Techreseller
    The goal of the universe, what is increasing, is entropy.

  16. If the universe were made for us we’d be living on cosmic rays, instead of eating food and digesting it by squishing it in our intestines.

  17. The recent images of the black hole Sagittarius A* confirm the Intelligent Design theory because only an Intelligent designer would literally name something with an asterisk literally as part of its name, confusing everyone in the universe.

  18. Every time someone writes a paper or an article about Sagittarius A*, everyone will be looking for footnotes that don’t exist, and nobody will know how to put in a footnote if they needed one.

  19. Retired Prof

    Techreseller points out, “Animals and plants exist to feed and support bacteria and viruses.”

    Yes, and in between there are specific webs of relationships so complex that they could have come about only by design. The Grand Old Designer populated the earth with human beings and mosquitoes to serve as incubators and vectors for malaria parasites. We Homo sapiens consider this arrangement evil. If you look at it from the viewpoint of Plasmodium falciparum, however, it offers incontrovertible evidence that the universe was designed for the benefit of their particular species of protozoans.

  20. Retired Prof

    Richard, I think you’re overthinking the footnote thing. The asterisk simply means that the object achieved its triumph with the aid of performance-enhancing drugs.