We have always been able to dismiss arguments in favor of the Discovery Institute’s “theory” of intelligent design, and their supporters have always impressed us as marginal characters at best. That’s why the title of the latest post at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog really surprised us. It’s Physicist and Nobel Laureate Brian Josephson — Intelligent Design Is “Valid Science”, 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]:
Brian Josephson, Nobel Prize-winning physicist, has joined the ranks of prominent scientists endorsing Stephen Meyer’s upcoming book, Return of the God Hypothesis.
What? A Nobel Prize-winning physicist is supporting Meyer’s book? What’s going on here? Has the flat Earth suddenly flipped upside-down or something? This can’t be happening! Oh, in case you haven’t heard about that book, we’ve posted about it several times, most recently The Biggest News in the History of the Universe.
Let’s get back to Klinghoffer’s post. He says:
Josephson, an emeritus professor at Cambridge University and Fellow of the Royal Society, is persuaded by Meyer that intelligent design is “valid science.” Obviously, it’s gratifying to win praise from an eminent scientist, but all the more so given that his own field is the linchpin of Meyer’s case for God.
Before concluding that we’ve lost our mind, we decided to learn something about Josephson. Wikipedia has a write-up on him: Brian Josephson. They say:
Brian David Josephson FRS (born 4 January 1940) is a Welsh theoretical physicist and professor emeritus of physics at the University of Cambridge. Best known for his pioneering work on superconductivity and quantum tunnelling, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1973 for his prediction of the Josephson effect, made in 1962 when he was a 22-year-old PhD student at Cambridge University.
Wow — he was only 22 when he did the work that won the Nobel Prize. Impressive! And this guy endorses the Discoveroids’ “science” of intelligent design? Let’s read a bit more from the Wikipedia article:
In the early 1970s, Josephson took up Transcendental Meditation and turned his attention to issues outside the boundaries of mainstream science.
Ah, things are starting to make sense. After that, Wikipedia tells us:
Wikipedia goes on and on discussing Josephson’s, ah, unconventional views, but there’s no need to quote any more. We’ve seen enough to understand the situation. If he now supports the Discoveroids, it probably won’t be any surprise to those who know him.
The rest of Klinghoffer’s post is just a link to where Meyer’s book can be pre-ordered, so this is where we leave him. But hey — Meyer’s work is praised by a Nobel Prize winner, and that’s a fact. Make of it what you will.
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