Category Archives: Evolution

The Discoveroids’ Magic Filter and Archaeology

One of the many strange and totally un-evidenced claims of the Discovery Institute is that they have some kind of filter which reveals the presence of design. We’ve written about it many times before — see The Discoveroids and Their Magic Filter, and most recently Aliens & the Discoveroids’ Design Filter.

The Discoveroids’ magic filter is the topic of a new post at their creationist blog: University of Alabama “Space Archaeologist” Seeks Evidence of Intelligent Design. It was written by Sarah Chaffee (whom we call “Savvy Sarah”). Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Sarah Parcak has been called a new Indiana Jones. Associate professor of anthropology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Parcak pioneered the use of satellite imagery to discover ruins, tombs, and more. Her field, “space archaeology,” sounds like an oxymoron, but the technique is downright effective.

The Smithsonian awarded her their 2016 American Ingenuity Award and reported that “she and her team have expanded the civilization’s [Egypt’s] known scope, spotting more than 3,000 ancient settlements, more than a dozen pyramids and over a thousand lost tombs, and uncovered the city grid of Tanis, of Raiders of the Lost Ark fame.”

How can the Discoveroids take advantage of her work? You’ll see soon enough. Savvy Sarah says:

She’s looking for one thing — design. [Hee hee!] Parcak begins with research. She looks at maps, ancient and modern, and of every kind, of the area. Then she examines satellite imagery, primarily from the military. “Any discovery in remote sensing rests on hundreds of hours of deep, deep study. Before looking at satellite imagery of a cemetery or a pyramid field, you have to already understand why something should be there,” Parcak told Smithsonian.

Here’s the Smithsonian article: Space Archaeologist Sarah Parcak Uses Satellites to Uncover Ancient Egyptian Ruins. Somehow, Parcak doesn’t mention that she’s using the Discoveroids’ filter. Nevertheless, Savvy Sarah tells us:

Parcak is looking for complex and specified information — and the approach is paying off.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Check out Wikipedia’s article on Specified complexity — “a concept proposed by William Dembski and used by him and others to promote the pseudoscientific arguments of intelligent design.” They say:

Specified complexity is what Dembski terms an “explanatory filter” which can recognize design by detecting “complex specified information” (CSI).

Whatever that means. Savvy Sarah goes on and on, claiming that what Parcak does is the same thing the Discoveroids are doing when they claim to detect the handiwork of the intelligent designer — blessed be he! But it’s not quite the same — Parcak locates verifiable ruins, while the Discoveroids never accomplish anything.

Here’s the end of the Discoveroid post:

Parcak has been named in Foreign Policy‘s list of “100 Leading Global Thinkers,” meaning that she’s onto something pretty big, riding a wave of the future: design research. I wonder where design detection applied to biological and cosmic origins will take us in the years to come.

Your Curmudgeon will take a wild guess and try to answer Savvy Sarah’s question. Hey, Sarah: Discoveroid style design “research” will take you nowhere, which is where you are now, and where you will always remain.

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Ken Ham: Making America Great Again

The central theme of Donald Trump’s campaign was his promise to make American great again. No one knows how to do that better than Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed not only for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), but also for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, and for building an exact replica of Noah’s Ark. Verily, he is the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.

Ol’ Hambo tells us how it should be done in How to Make America Great Again. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Tomorrow is Inauguration Day here in the United States. On this day President-elect Donald Trump will become President Trump. He has promised to make America great again. Well, God’s Word tells us exactly how to do that!

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Isn’t this wonderful? Hambo says:

To truly make America really great again, Americans need to put God first and turn to His Word as the absolute authority in all areas.

Yes, that’s the way to do it! Phooey on the Constitution! Then he tells us:

Many people believe we don’t need God because man is basically good. But that’s a false assumption. [Scripture quote.] What does God say about man’s heart?

For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. (Matthew 15:19 ESV)

The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9)

Wow! That sounds like we were badly designed. Hambo continues:

The only One who is good is God. [Scripture quote.] As our Creator, God has every right to judge sinful man. And He will judge every person. To all my non-Christian followers, I urge you at this time to consider your life, death, and eternity: [Scripture quote.]

Good advice! Let’s read on:

Many people refuse to listen to God’s Word because they’ve bought the culture’s lie that it can’t be trusted. They’ve sided with the majority. But is the majority right?

Gasp — if it isn’t, why do we have democracy? Hambo explains:

Well, the majority of doctors once didn’t wash their hands after autopsies and before delivering babies — they were wrong! … The majority of scientists believe in molecules-to-man evolution — the majority is obviously wrong. Just because the majority believes something doesn’t mean it’s right.

Wow — our whole system of government is wrong! Another excerpt:

If you believe that the majority rules, there can never be truth. What or who determined that the majority rules?

Hambo’s right. There’s nothing about democracy in the bible. Here’s more

We don’t need to be at the mercy of the changing opinions of the majority. God’s Word provides a firm foundation for morality.

We need a theocracy! Hambo for dictator! One more excerpt:

God’s Word needs to be our authority. It provides a rock-solid foundation in a culture that changes with each generation. I encourage you to carefully consider Christianity and the Bible.

There’s a bit more, but it’s just a promotion for an AIG book. So there you are, dear reader. Now you know how to make America great again.

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Rev. David Rives — Living Fossils

Once again, the Drool-o-tron™ startled us with its sirens and flashing lights. The blinking letters of its wall display said WorldNetDaily (WND). The Drool-o-tron™ had found the latest video by the brilliant and articulate leader of David Rives Ministries.

Our computer was locked onto this headline at WND: Do ‘living fossils’ disprove evolution? The actual title of the rev’s video is “Living Fossils”

The rev tells us we find living creatures today that look like ancient fossils. How did they survive unchanged? He mentions the Coelacanth, which evolutionists believed to have gone extinct 66 million years ago, but the rev says they’re still around and virtually unchanged from their fossil ancestors. That’s millions of years of stasis! It makes no sense in terms of evolution. But that’s because they didn’t evolve! The rev explains that they were created fully formed, and their ancestors were buried in the Flood.

The rev is still wearing the same gray bible-boy suit he’s been wearing for the last couple of months, and still without a necktie. Nobody cares. He’s the cutest rev you’ve ever seen! This video is about three minutes long before the commercial at the end. Go ahead, click over to WND and watch it.

As we always do with the rev’s videos, we dedicate the comments section for your use as an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. You know the rules. Okay, the comments are open. Go for it!

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A Creationist Visit to a Museum

Creationists, like all other mystics, thrive on questions that science hasn’t yet decisively resolved — the origin of life, origin of the universe, etc. They claim (with no evidence whatsoever) that such things are impossible by natural means, and then they assert (again, with no evidence) that the only answer to such questions is supernatural activity — whatever version of Oogity Boogity it is that they’re peddling. This kind of “explanation” (which literally explains nothing) is known as the God of the gaps.

The Discovery Institute is typical in that respect, and after they’ve identified some still-unanswered question, they tirelessly promote it and criticize all rational attempts to provide answers. That’s what’s going on in the latest post at their creationist blog: At Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Patron Reports Errors in Displays, Gets Brushed Off. It was written by Sarah Chaffee (whom we call “Savvy Sarah”). Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Misrepresentations of the scientific evidence on evolution are everywhere. Check out the displays at your local science museum, for example, and you can’t help tripping over them.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! A better place would be the Discoveroids’ website. Anyway, then she says:

We received a note from a friend of ours [i.e., a creationist] who visited the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. In addition to exploring the new robotics exhibit with his grandchildren, Discovery Institute supporter and intelligent design enthusiast Jim Campbell decided to visit the origins-of-life section.

That must have been fun — a creationist looks at a godless museum’s Satanic exhibits. What did he find? Savvy Sarah tells us:

Two of the displays, on the formation of cells and the Miller-Urey experiment, were scientifically inaccurate.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! So what did he do? Savvy Sarah continues:

He sent a letter to the museum, pointing this out. On the “Recipe for Life” display [big quote from the creationist’s complaining letter, including]:

[Excerpt from the creationist’s complaining letter:] For an informed view on the subject of life’s origins, consider what Dr. James Tour has to say about it.

We already know what Tour says, because we wrote about his views a couple of years ago — see James Tour: Creationist Organic Chemist. He’s a proud signer of the Discovery Institute’s A Scientific Dissent From Darwinism.

Here’s another excerpt from the creationist museum visitor’s letter:

The second offensive museum display involves the Miller-Urey experiment. The experiment was certainly important and informative at the time it was conducted although there are now valid questions concerning whether the atmosphere simulated in the experiment was representative of the intended primitive atmosphere. … Again, this display is not worthy of the museum and the caption should be at least modified to more honestly represent the experiment.

The Discoveroids don’t like the Miller-Urey experiment. We’ve written about that before — see Discovery Institute: Ignore the Miller-Urey Experiment!, and also Casey and the Miller-Urey Experiment, #2.

Okay, so the creationist museum visitor wrote his complaining letter. Then what happened? Savvy Sarah says:

How did the Denver Museum of Nature & Science respond? In a September letter, they noted:

[Alleged quote from the museum’s response:] I have passed your recommendations to the multi-disciplinary team … . Due to travel schedules, they are not due to meet for several weeks, but are going to review your input, and will get back to you after that discussion.

Then what? Savvy Sarah reveals:

Campbell [the creationist museum visitor] followed up after receiving the letter, and then again a few months later, but has received no response.

Gasp — no response! That’s so revealing! And now we come to the end of Savvy Sarah’s post:

It’s great to see people using their scientific knowledge to point out flaws in Darwinian dogma. But a museum brushing off a customer, when it comes to evolution, sadly doesn’t come as a big surprise.

We’re shocked — shocked! The museum ignored a creationist’s complaints. This is an outrage!

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