July 29, 2008
The Discovery Institute, that full-time promoter of creationist pseudoscience, ain’t much good at science but its antics do occasionally provide some low entertainment.
In the first and most egregious (to say nothing of pernicious) example, it turns out that the creationist hacks of the DI have been working closely with Islamist extremists to effectively remove the teachinhg of evolutionary theory from Turkish schools. When the conservative site Little Green Footballs called DI out on this, the creationists went into full-froth mode.
How nice to know that the relatively secular orientation of Turkey, which is so often cited as a model for the kind of Islamic state that will benefit the Middle East and the rest of the world, is being undermined by our homegrown Jesus whoopers. Scratch what I said earlier — this isn’t entertaining at all. It’s creepy.
On a less apocalyptic plan, an essayist’s observation about blind cave organisms and what they show about evolution has brought the Discovery Institute’s Casey Luskin out swinging. As per usual, Luskin ends up kicking his own ass, but that’s the nature of the act. You can’t have a carnival without a geek.