Saturday, May 14, 2005

Speaking of applying "intelligent design concepts" to other sciences

This is just way too good to remain buried in the comments of a post from yesterday.

If you've ever wondered what might happen if the principles of "intelligent design" were applied to chemistry, wonder no more! Check out the reDiscovery Institute. An example, which looks suspiciously similar from a parody that appeared on the back page of the The Skeptical Inquirer last month (which makes me wonder if the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal had anything to do with this) is:

periodic table

Its stated mission:
The reDiscovery Institute is non-profit, non-partisan, public-policy think-tank located in Tacoma, Washington, with branches in Atlanta, Georgia and Fort Worth, Texas. The reDiscovery Institute fosters integration of science education with traditional Judeo-Christian principles of free market, limited government, morality, faith, property, obedience and anti-intellectualism.

Our primary focus is to extend and promote Design Theories, which have been so successful in Biology, to the fields of Chemistry, Astronomy, Physics and Geology. Our goals are to Teach the Controversies, each and every one of them. The reDiscovery Institute produces articles and studies on how to better educate children at all levels, and on how to re-educate certain adults (you know who you are). The reDiscovery Institute supports Fellows, which gullible and lazy journalists present to the public as credible scientists. The efforts of reDiscovery Institute Fellows are crucially abetted by the Institute's members, board and an ultra-conservative, ultra-rich, California savings and loan heir who believes that the American democracy should be replaced with biblical theocracy.

The reDiscovery Institute publishes books, reports and articles, and participates in conferences and debates. We provide material and support to school boards, museums, and theaters across America, to help establish best practices in science education. We are consultants to Fox News Network. The reDiscovery Institute urges adherence to John Phillipson's "Ice pick Gambit", which states that "one does not mention the Book of Genesis in the design debate because one does not want to sound like blithering idiot."
Even better, it looks like there's more to come. The reDiscovery Institute plans on applying "design" principles to astronomy and germ theory in the future, if its website is any indication! I'm definitely adding it to my sidebar under "Humor."

Unfortunately, the person who turned me on to this commented anonymously; so I don't know whom to thank. If you want proper credit from me, you'll have to 'fess up!

10 example(s) of insolence returned:


At 5/14/2005 10:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a joke, right? It's gotta be a joke...

-Ali

 

At 5/14/2005 11:35 AM, Blogger Orac said...

Indeed, and it's a good one, too.

 

At 5/14/2005 3:49 PM, Anonymous Skeptico said...

If you look at their "Take Action" page:

http://www.re-discovery.org/active_1.html

they have several suggested emails to send to a variety of creationist idiots. Five minutes clicking their links and you can add another series of emails to their boxes. Who said creationism isn’t fun?

 

At 5/14/2005 6:04 PM, Blogger Alli said...

Heh, heh, heh...

Ah, if only I had the guts (or stupidity) to send this to my "don't you believe the bible?" sister-in-law! I've given up on attempting to engage this otherwise brilliant gal in conversation about anything remotely related to religion...and I'M CHRISTIAN! I just happen to also use my head...sigh.

 

At 5/15/2005 9:12 AM, Blogger Orac said...

Evolution is not incompatible with Christian beliefs. Even as conservative a Catholic as Pope John Paul II acknowledged that.

 

At 5/25/2005 8:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I happen to be a friend of the person who founded the reDiscovery Institue. The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims was not involved. I still laugh everytime I think about "enzymatic chicanery" :)

 

At 5/25/2005 8:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I happen to be a friend of the person who founded the reDiscovery Institue. The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims was not involved. I still laugh everytime I think about "enzymatic chicanery" :)

 

At 5/25/2005 8:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I happen to be a friend of the person who founded the reDiscovery Institue. The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims was not involved. I still laugh everytime I think about "enzymatic chicanery" :)

 

At 5/25/2005 8:36 PM, Blogger Kim Jong Bush said...

I happen to be a friend of the person who founded the reDiscovery Institue. The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims was not involved. I still laugh everytime I think about "enzymatic chicanery" :)

 

At 5/25/2005 8:40 PM, Blogger Kim Jong Bush said...

Oops! Sorry for mutiple posting of my comments. First time here and fouled it up. Apologies to all.

 

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