Category Archives: Intelligent Design

Klinghoffer: Why Scientists Are Stupid

It’s a rare day when we post twice about the Discovery Institute, but that’s where the entertainment is today. Their latest at their creationist blog is Are Scientists Smarter Now, or Dumber?, written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

A conversation with a friend of our oldest son solicited, if I understood correctly, the observation from this friend that people including students know more, are better educated, than in previous generations, thanks to things like the Internet. This is a very bright and curious young man, but I was dumbfounded by his statement.

Why was Klinghoffer dumbfounded? He explains:

He pointed to the fact that we, as a culture, “know more” than ever before. That is true in a limited sense, but acquisition of data is a long way from having the wisdom to understand and interpret it, which I think is what we mean when we talk about the kind of smarts that really matters. It’s what you do with what you know.

We know what Klinghoffer does with he knows — he blogs for the Discoveroids. That’s really smart. Then he says:

On the gathering specifically of scientific knowledge, our paleontologist colleague Günter Bechly nails it in a comment on Facebook:

[Klinghoffer quotes Günter, the man who was erased from Wikipedia:] My theory is: Scientists nowadays are far dumber than scientists centuries ago, which is a consequence of over-specialization and lack of philosophical education in natural science university curricula. The only reason why we know so much more than centuries ago is time, much larger number of scientists, and much more resources pumped into science, which resulted in an explosion of knowledge acquired by dumber scientists.

Günter thinks you’re stupid, dear reader. And Klinghoffer agrees. He tells us:

This might explain the unthinking dismissal of an idea like intelligent design not just by media people with a tendency to shallowness, but by scientists.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! He continues:

I mentioned here the other day that even professionals in the sciences often seem to have gleaned the little they understand about ID from skimming the main Wikipedia article. ID is a quintessential multidisciplinary field of study, asking us to consider not only biology but chemistry, cosmology, philosophy, and more.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] There’s so much depth to intelligent design! In all those different fields of study, the Discoveroids’ explanation is God of the gaps, and they know that because of the Watchmaker analogy.

And now we come to the end:

As Dr. Bechley points out, the trend to ever greater specialization combined with philosophical illiteracy go a long way toward explaining the condition of our “dumb” scientists.

So there you are, dear reader. Now you know why the Discoveroids think you’re a fool!

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Klinghoffer Says Science Is ‘Fake News’

This was the year creationists discovered the “fake news” issue and attempted to use it in their favor, starting with: Klinghoffer Says Evolution Is ‘Fake News’, followed by Ken Ham Is a Victim of ‘Fake News’, and most recently WND Exposes ‘Fake News’ from NASA.

Today the Discovery Institute is once again using the ‘fake news” label against those of us who understand reality. Their latest at their creationist blog is “Fake News” Isn’t a Phony Concept, as Media and Wikipedia Coverage of Intelligent Design Shows, written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

There is an informal, leaderless mob out there that has shown itself perfectly willing to distort the truth about ID and feed that to a trusting general audience. This is important, not less important than anything else in the public square since it bears on the ultimate question of how life itself came to be as it is.

Your Curmudgeon has never distorted the meaning of intelligent design. We always start with the Discoveroids’ own definition of their “theory” — see Discovery Institute: Intelligent Design Redefined. Then Klinghoffer says:

It’s not about so-called “creationism.” [Hee hee!] It’s a controversy that goes back to Plato and Aristotle, in a millennia-long debate with Epicureanism about purpose in the universe.

Yes, good science is always about the purpose of the universe. After that he tells us:

We’ve documented in excruciating detail the axe-grinding and distortions from a wide range of media sources whenever ID or academic freedom come up for coverage. There are a couple of big themes. The fake news equates ID with creationism, and it claims that design proponents seek to teach ID in public schools. We’ve shown again and again that these notions are false. We talk with reporters. Write to them. Argue with them. Many simply refuse to listen, much less correct what they say.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! See Curmudgeon’s Guide to “Academic Freedom” Laws. Klinghoffer continues:

And then there is Wikipedia, which has done more to mislead readers about ID than any other single source. It’s entry on intelligent design opens by calling the theory “pseudoscience,” a “religious argument for the existence of God,” which are all fake charges, and it goes on from there.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Let’s read on:

The interesting psychological issue here turns upon the question of whether these people in the media and at Wikipedia are deliberately lying or not. Maybe the critics of the “fake news” concept find it hard to believe that they are, since that would amount to a conspiracy, but a strange one with no leadership or discernible organization. I don’t believe they are lying, though. At least not deliberatively. Instead, on certain ideologically and personally charged subject, people see what they want to see, and you can’t talk them out of it.

Yes, it’s hard to get people to abandon reality and turn instead to Oogity Boogity! Another excerpt:

What drives the self-deception? It’s been called worldview-induced blindness, but it also includes something more personal, the picture of yourself you carry around in your head. Pride very much enters into it. The complex of forces can make it difficult to see things other than how you wish to see them. There’s also an echo chamber dynamic where the memes become self-reinforcing. The result is fake news.

And it’s so unfair! Klinghoffer concludes with this:

The example of ID is an illustration of how it happens, and that it happens, all the time. If it does so with regard to a contentious issue like evolution, it’s not hard to imagine that it occurs in the context of even more incendiary topics in current events. No, “fake news” isn’t fake. At least with regard to intelligent design, it’s quite real.

Does anyone out there actually believe Klinghoffer’s version of reality? Or do they know what they’re doing and do it anyway because they think it’s for some greater purpose? We’ve always wondered about that.

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The Discovery Institute and ʻOumuamua

You’ve probably seen tabloid headlines about ʻOumuamua — yes that’s, the name. Wikipedia says:

[It is] the first known interstellar object to pass through the Solar System. Formally designated 1I/2017 U1, it was discovered by Robert Weryk using the Pan-STARRS telescope on 19 October 2017, 40 days after it passed its closest point to the Sun. … Initially assumed to be a comet, it was reclassified as an asteroid a week later, then the first of a new class of interstellar objects.

[…]

ʻOumuamua is tumbling rather than smoothly rotating, and it is moving so fast through space relative to the Sun that there is no chance it originated in the Solar System. It also means that ʻOumuamua can not be captured into a solar orbit, so it will eventually leave the Solar System and resume traveling in interstellar space. ʻOumuamua’s system of origin and the amount of time it has been traveling among the stars are unknown.

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The name comes from Hawaiian ʻoumuamua, meaning “scout”, (from ʻou, meaning “reach out for”, and mua, reduplicated for emphasis​, meaning “first, in advance of”) and reflects the way this object is like a scout or messenger sent from the distant past to reach out to us. The first character is a Hawaiian ʻokina, not an apostrophe, and is represented by a single quotation mark and pronounced as a glottal stop … .

A typical tabloid reaction when the thing was first sighted is in the UK’s Daily Express: REVEALED: Truth about ‘alien mothership’ filmed ‘tracking’ International Space Station.

All (or mostly all) concerns about aliens were put to rest by some actual research, as reported yesterday by PhysOrg in No alien ‘signals’ from cigar-shaped asteroid: researchers. They said:

No alien signals have been detected from an interstellar, cigar-shaped space rock discovered travelling through our Solar System in October, researchers listening for evidence of extraterrestrial technology said Thursday.

Creationists always try to take advantage of opportunities to promote their bizarre view of things, so it’s not surprising to find this from the Discovery Institute: ‘Oumuamua, Space Visitor, Shows Intelligent Design at Work. It was written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

The oblong space object ‘Oumuamua, currently whistling through our Solar System at 196,000 mph, shows intelligent design in action.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! What a great first sentence! Then he explains:

How so? Well, what is ID, after all, but a scientific project focused on examining objects and phenomena in nature for evidence reflecting purpose and design by an intelligent agent. The researchers listening to the 800-feet-long space visitor for radio signals — they’ve detected none so far — are simply practicing the science of ID.

Isn’t this great? After that, Klinghoffer tells us:

‘Oumuamua means “messenger” in Hawaiian. What’s the “message”? Maybe one is that ID is a term for something scientists do all the time. Applied to a probable asteroid, ID is uncontroversial. Applied to much more awesome objects – the human brain, for example — it suddenly becomes controversial, “pseudoscience”? Quick, would someone please explain away the obvious contradiction there?

Someone? Anyone? While you’re pondering that profound question, Klinghoffer continues:

I don’t have a problem with its being alien technology. Obviously that would be the most exciting news of our lifetimes if it were true. Yet for proponents of ID, it would change nothing. The discovery of ETs would not undermine the case for the design of terrestrial life one bit.

That’s a total contradiction of what the Discoveroids have been saying for years. See, e.g.: Intelligent Aliens Terrify the Discovery Institute, and before that: Klinghoffer’s Latest Thoughts on Aliens.

Klinghoffer ends his post with this:

The situation for Darwinists is very different. They must have aliens. For them, human life cannot be unique, cannot be special. If an unguided process like evolution, fueled by randomness, produced life on Earth, it must have done so elsewhere, countless times over. So it makes sense that folks with a materialist perspective watch ‘Oumuamua not only with curiosity, as we do, but with a touch of anxiety as well. For them, the silence of the stars is a profound and ongoing problem.

So there you are. Aliens or no aliens, it doesn’t matter. The Discoveroids’ “theory” triumphantly predicts whatever we find. That’s great science!

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The Discoveroids Are Going Global

This is exciting news from the Discovery Institute. Look what popped up at their creationist blog: In 2018, Please Help Us Take Intelligent Design to the World!, written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Living in the United States, we’re accustomed to evolution being thoroughly politicized, in the sense that the media encourage everyone to divide into armed camps: evolutionists versus Darwin skeptics. In both the U.S. media and academia, there’s a kind of social panic for many about being classed with the dreaded “creationists.”

Yes, the media are to blame for all the problems of the Darwin skeptics. Then he says:

But that panic is largely unknown in other countries. The world is wide open to scientific arguments for design in nature. The big launch of ID in Brazil is a case in point …

Yeah, we wrote about that — see Discovery Institute Makes Progress in Brazil. But there’s more: Klinghoffer tells us:

In the coming year, we’ll be debuting a Spanish language edition of Evolution News [their creationist blog], and Discovery Institute Press will publish a new work by a major European scientist detailing his own explorations of the design hypothesis. More on that soon.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Discovery Institute Press! Very impressive. Klinghoffer continues:

What about the rest of the globe? As 2017 comes to a close, we ask you to help us extend our reach internationally. This will be an important theme for us in 2018. Please, go here [link omitted] and contribute as generously as you can to support Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture. If you donate now, a fellow contributor has committed to match your gift by 50 percent. In other words, if you give $200, you’ll actually be giving $300. Thank you!

While you’re deciding how much to give, we’ll read on:

Our work has long been international in scope. Summer Seminar students come from just about everywhere around the globe, and have brought ID home with them where they are pursuing careers in science and other academic fields. It’s all about planting seeds — and watering them, which we do through mentoring, publishing, and more.

Verily, it’s a glorious crusade! Another excerpt:

The story of paleontologist Günter Bechly in Germany demonstrates the power of ID to find its way and change minds and hearts. It was reading books by our Fellows that turned him around.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Here’s more

I could go on and on. I’ve seen an international map of ID scientists and scholars, many of them still confidential, that a colleague put together, and it is very impressive.

No doubt. In this next excerpt, the bold font is Klinghoffer’s:

All this has convinced us of the urgent need to go even further in introducing the rest of planet Earth to the evidence for ID. Remember, it’s not like the U.S. where many have already made up their minds based on irrelevant sociological factors and are (in the case of Darwinists) hardened against considering counterarguments. The world is an extremely fertile field for our efforts, and yours!

Now we come to the end:

Frankly, all that’s needed now are the resources that you can bring. The world is waiting and you can help us export intelligent design everywhere. Please take a moment now to give what you can! [Link omitted.]

Well, dear reader, you’ve been looking for a worthy cause. There it is! The world needs more Oogity Boogity!

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