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Darwinists uncomfortable with “insults, misrepresentation and name-calling”?

Say it ain’t so. What else have they got? Oh yeah, tax dollars, TV hair models, and court judgements.

Tom Bethell responds to Mike Behe’s recent comments on Darwin claims:

Behe here.

Of interest is the Nature News blog by Helen Pearson. Mike Behe alludes to it in passing. Pearson says that Thornton et al. say their paper “is a challenge to proponents of intelligent design, who maintain that complex biological systems can have only been created by a divine force.” (Any ref. for that last comment?) Thornton thinks that his work is a rebuttal to those who appeal to to a “supernatural process.”

But there’s something else here. Repeatedly and over years, the Darwinian world is reassured that there’s nothing new to “ID creationism.” its just fundamentalism in a new get-up. Then, when the Darwinians think they have something responsive to ID they waste no time, hollering out in triumph: “See what we’ve got here! Pretty good, eh? What do you say to that?”

It tells you that all along they have been uncomfortable about their inability to respond to ID with anything other than insults, misrepresentation and name-calling.

It’s a real struggle over worldviews. For decades, the Darwinians were confident that Science was so strongly on their side that they barely had to respond to those benighted upstarts. Now, maybe, some of them are not so sure. They realize that those who ostentatiously side with Science can’t be entirely dismissive of requests that they provide evidence in support of their worldview.

(Still, a great mystery remains: Why do they cling so tenaciously to a worldview that is so bleak? “Nyah nyah, Life has no meaning. Get used to it . . .” Why does this nihilistic posture appeal to so many of intellectual disposition? Maybe there have already been good answers to this. If so, I’d like to hear them again.)

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3 Responses to Darwinists uncomfortable with “insults, misrepresentation and name-calling”?

  1. Still, a great mystery remains: Why do they cling so tenaciously to a worldview that is so bleak? “Nyah nyah, Life has no meaning. Get used to it . . .” Why does this nihilistic posture appeal to so many of intellectual disposition?

    This IS a mystery. They have “darwin day” celebrations to worship a man who basically claimed they were mere accidents, without significance and without intrinsic value. I know hearing such things makes ME want to celebrate ;-)

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    There’s probably no God. So stop worrying and concentrate on cramming as much as you can into your short, meaningless blip of an existence.

  3. Or you could recognize how lucky you are to be here at all, as Richard Dawkins does:

    To live at all is miracle enough.
    – Mervyn Peake,
    The Glassblower (1950)

    We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here.

    After expanding on this idea, he concludes:

    After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with colour, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked — as I am surprisingly often — why I bother to get up in the mornings. To put it the other way round, isn’t it sad to go to your grave without ever wondering why you were born? Who, with such a thought, would not spring from bed, eager to resume discovering the world and rejoicing to be a part of it?

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