Category Archives: Intelligent Design

Water Is Proof of Intelligent Design

It’s remarkable to see how far the Discovery Institute has fallen since the days when Casey Luskin would at least try to present arguments for intelligent design. That stuff was amusing. But look what they’re posting now at their creationist blog: Water, Ultimate Giver of Life, Points to Intelligent Design.

Yes, dear reader, their latest argument for the existence of their intelligent design is … water! It was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

One of the terrible and ironic things about recent flood and hurricane disasters is the way that water, the ultimate life-giver on our planet, became a life-taker. You won’t realize the full poignancy of this until you consider the range of evidence for water as being finely tuned for life, and especially for mammals like us.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Water is finely tuned for life — mammalian life especially! Then he says:

In his new book, The Wonder of Water: Water’s Profound Fitness for Life on Earth and Mankind [Amazon link], Discovery Institute biologist Michael Denton explains that evidence with a clarity and eloquence that no other scientist or science writer does. The remarkable thing about water is the interlocking qualities of its unusual chemistry, and how that makes it ideally suited for the many roles it plays in making life on Earth possible.

According to Amazon, the publisher of Denton’s book is the Discovery Institute, so it’s yet another vanity press contribution to the world of creationism by Michael Denton, a Discovery Institute “senior fellow.” For his previous work from the same prestigious publisher, see Discovery Institute Touts Denton’s New Book.

After that introduction, Klinghoffer tells us:

A short video, above [at Klinghoffer’s post], summarizes these, including water’s aspects as a “universal solvent,” with just the right viscosity for the circulatory system, with its vital ability to effect body cooling by evaporation, and on and on. No creature benefits more from these qualities than humans do. Let that sink in. What about the fact that frozen water floats rather than sinks? Life as we know it would be impossible otherwise. On a planetary level, it drives the tectonic and water cycles, those “two great cogs that work together,” as Denton puts it. All a lucky coincidence, you say?

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] It can’t be a coincidence. It must be the work of the intelligent designer — blessed be he! Klinghoffer continues:

The many diverse capacities of water need not have been as they are. That these are all brought together just so provides among the most powerful pointers to intelligent design.

Yes — oh yes! The evidence of intelligent design is unmistakable! Skipping to the end, we’re told:

Materialists insist the universe is in no way specially intended for human life. That contention can’t survive an encounter with Michael Denton’s work.

So there it is, dear reader — we need water, and thanks to the intelligent designer, we’ve got it. There’s no way evolution can explain this. Admit it — you’re stunned.

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Creationist Wisdom #805: Evolution and Sin

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Amarillo Globe-News of Amarillo, Texas, known as “The Yellow Rose of Texas” because the city takes its name from the Spanish word for yellow. It’s titled Look to God for defense not lawyers. The newspaper doesn’t have a comments feature.

Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we think we’ve got a preacher — Arlin Smith. After Googling around, we’re pretty sure he and his wife preach on weekends, but we can’t find any website for their church — if they have one. We’ll give you a few excerpts from rev’s letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

Increases in technology go on continuously. It is happening as scientists apply the natural laws of the earth and its universe.

Okay. No problem so far. Then the rev says:

There is no natural law in the theory of evolution. Therefore — through it — there would be no earth and all that is within the earth.

Stunning, isn’t it? After that he tells us:

Things that often happen on the earth can be described as good and evil. How an event is labeled good or evil is done in the Bible. The first two humans were the man, Adam, and the woman, Eve. Eve decided she would take the opportunity to decide for herself whether something was good or evil.

Ah yes, Adam & Eve. The rev continues:

For years now, liberal women of America have chosen to label things good or evil. One of the first, and most obvious, is the sex of a person. When they decide a person is male but has a body with the parts and functions of a female, and someone does not accept the label of a man for this person, this person is declared evil.

Liberal women are responsible! Let’s read on:

God is absolute and he has made everything through his absolutes. To rebel against his way of doing things is sin. The wages of sin is death. … Eve has birthed us all with a sinful nature. We naturally rebel against God.

Eve, how could you have done this to us? After some more bible stuff, the rev’s letter ends with this:

We have been told America is no longer a Christian nation. The effort to eliminate the public exercise of Christianity is underway. We must defend our rights by openly expressing our Christian experience — whatever this brings. But depend on God for defense — not lawyers. Their continual fees can crush you.

So there you are. The rev doesn’t like evolution, liberal women, or lawyers. And neither should you, dear reader.

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Intelligent Design — A Progress Report

From time to time it’s good to step back and look at the big picture. How are things going for the Discovery Institute and their “theory” that the intelligent designer — blessed be he! — magically created the universe, life, and you?

As we did back in 2013 — see The Collapse of Intelligent Design? — let’s look at the latest search engine statistics. Check out the history of Google searches on “intelligent design”.

The picture is dramatic. Interest in the Discovery Institute’s “theory” peaked during the Kitzmiller trial in 2005, and it’s been steadily — precipitously — trending downward ever since. It’s now 2% of what it was in December of 2005. What happened?

Just before Kitzmiller, it seemed as if the Discoveroids were on an upward trend. You know about their manifesto — the Wedge Document. That’s a link to the Wikipedia article which describes it. You can read the actual document at the NCSE website: The Wedge Document.

The Wedge Document states in its “Five Year Strategic Plan Summary” that the intelligent design movement’s goal is to replace science as currently practiced with “theistic and Christian science.” Also, among the intelligent design movement’s “Governing Goals” are to “defeat scientific materialism and its destructive moral, cultural, and political legacies” and “to replace materialistic explanations with the theistic understanding that nature and human beings are created by God.” Listed among their “Twenty Year Goals” is: “To see design theory permeate our religious, cultural, moral and political life.”

Despite their grandiose goals, the Discoveroids have failed. Totally. Their grand crusade has gone absolutely nowhere. You may recall Intelligent Design’s Brief Shining Moment. It was in 1999, when the Discoveroids actually had a center established at Baylor to study and teach their version of creationism. But the faculty rebelled, and the center was dismantled.

Nevertheless, the Discoveroids kept plugging away. They had what seemed like momentum due to their so-called “documentary” Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, starring Ben Stein. But the firm that produced the thing ultimately ended up in bankruptcy — see View the Bankruptcy Court Bids for “Expelled”.

In 2008, the Discoveroids had their first legislative success — see Louisiana Senate Passes House’s Creationism Bill. The Democrat controlled legislature overwhelmingly passed the badly misnamed Louisiana Science Education Act. No other state has been so foolish, except for Tennessee. Year after year they keep trying — there’s no shortage of idiots in state legislatures — but they’ve had no other legislative success.

Nevertheless, the Discoveroids’ generous patrons keep the funds flowing, and the Discoveroids keep blogging, producing podcasts, and writing vanity press books. They won’t stop until the money dries up. Eventually that will happen — but things may drag on for years until then.

Meanwhile, be of good cheer, dear reader. The race is not always to the swift nor the battle to the strong, but reality ultimately prevails. That’s what natural selection is all about.

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ICR: Dino Coprolites Prove the Flood

If you’re still in denial about the Flood and Noah’s Ark, this is going to change your mind. It’s an article at the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. And it’s another example of what we call the Creationist Scientific Method:

1. Select a conclusion which you hope is true.
2. Find one piece of evidence that possibly might fit.
3. Ignore all other evidence.
4. That’s it.

ICR’s article is titled Plant-Eating Dinosaurs Consumed Crabs. It was written by Brian Thomas. He’s described at the end of his articles as “Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.” This is ICR’s biographical information on him. Here are some excerpts from his new article, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Paleontologists found bits of crustacean shell inside well-preserved dinosaur dung. Besides being a first-time discovery, these dietary supplements challenge the herbivore status of the hadrosaurs that ate them. They also raise questions about why dinosaurs would deviate from their normal diet.

You can read about Hadrosaurids at Wikipedia. They say: “This group is also known as the duck-billed dinosaurs, for the flat, duck-bill appearance of the bones in their snouts.” They have a separate article devoted to the subject of Hadrosaur diet which says that they were herbivores. Also:

The diet of hadrosaurid dinosaurs remains a subject of debate among paleontologists, especially regarding whether hadrosaurids were grazers who fed on vegetation close to the ground, or browsers who ate higher-growing leaves and twigs.

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Coprolites (fossilized droppings) of some Late Cretaceous hadrosaurs show that the animals sometimes deliberately ate rotting wood. Wood itself is not nutritious, but decomposing wood would have contained fungi, decomposed wood material and detritus-eating invertebrates, all of which would have been nutritious.

So what’s the big issue here? Brian refers to this article in Scientific Reports: Consumption of crustaceans by megaherbivorous dinosaurs: dietary flexibility and dinosaur life history strategies, and says:

Researchers found dark, shell-like material in 10 of 15 fossilized excrement specimens called coprolites. … Hadrosaurs were supposed to be strict herbivores. Why would they eat crabs?

Wowie — that’s a serious question! The entire rickety structure of evolution is in danger here. Brian tells us:

The coprolites with crab shell fragments also contained rotten wood fragments. Surely old wood and crabs were not the ideal diet for animals with hundreds of razor-like teeth designed to slice plant matter with their scissor-action jaws. Perhaps the dinosaurs ran out of regular food and died with substitute food still inside them.

What does Brian have in mind? Here it comes:

The only way to know with certainty why these hadrosaurs deviated from their otherwise very herbivorous diet would be to travel back in time to watch them, their surroundings, and behaviors. But if they were forced into a diet of last resort, then times were tough — just as one would expect during continent-covering floods.

Yes — oh yes! — that’s the explanation. There can be no other! It’s interesting to see how the authors of the Scientific Reports paper try to minimize the significance of their discovery. The end of their abstract says:

This surprising fossil evidence challenges conventional notions of herbivorous dinosaur diets and reveals a degree of dietary flexibility that is consistent with that of extant herbivorous birds.

Foolish scientists. They found undeniable evidence of the Flood, and they ignored it. The ability of Darwinists to delude themselves is limitless. It’s a good thing we have ICR to tell us The Truth.

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