Access Research Network: Lie Big. Lie Often.
One of those crackpot creationist institutions dedicated to dismantling everything that has been accomplished since the Enlightenment and plunging us all back into the Dark Ages is called Access Research Network. I think the only research these morons are trying to access is that done by Joseph Goebbels:
If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.
—Attributed to Goebbels
ARN has just published a press release promoting their year-end top ten list, “Top 10 Darwin and Design News Stories of 2007”. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights.
As is typical of press releases, there is a quotation from one of their head guys, in this case Kevin Wirth, Director of Media Relations. He says:
Part of our mission at ARN is to help educate the public about issues relating to Darwin and Design. Not only are there a lot of moving parts to this issue, but it also suffers heavily from significant mis-information.
Yes. Most of it coming from fundie disinformation sites like ARN.
The news reports we’ve cited in our Top 10 News Stories this year reflect many of those concerns…. One of the things we’ve noticed is that the probability surrounding the notion that life arose spontaneously and evolved over eons is straining the limits of credulity among observers who are not heavily invested in Darwinian speculations.
OK, smart guy. Who are all of these so-called scientists who reject evolution? I’m waiting. And don’t give me that list of mathematicians and physicists you retards have been pedaling for the last few years. Who are the life scientists? You know, the people who actually study biology.
[T]he level of biological complexity being discovered in early life history provided another challenge for Darwin’s molecule-to-man theory in 2007.
Now which theory would that be? Darwin never proposed a “molecule-to-man” theory. He merely described how one species (that already existed) could evolve into another. I told you ARN was a creationist disinformation site. The origin of life (abiogenesis) is a separate issue.
Well-preserved jellyfish fossil finds in Utah confirm that the modern form of the jellyfish existed nearly 200 million years earlier than previously thought. This leaves an insufficient amount of time for complex life to have developed only via the Darwinian principles of random mutations and natural selection.
Then it’s a good thing that modern evolutionary theory abandoned Darwinism as the sole explanation decades ago. Once again, this is creationist disinformation at work. In fact, almost all creationist claims are rooted in this one disinformation tactic.
The press release then starts quoting Dennis Wagner, ARN Executive Director:
We have a whole generation of people who have been raised according to Darwinian fairytales, like ‘human and chimpanzee genetics only differ by 1%’….
They then cite a study that indicates that the genetic difference between chimps and humans is closer to 6%. I fail to see how that’s relevant to their argument. Science marches forward, unlike Biblicalism. If you read the article cited, everything about it supports evolution. If ARN is going to try to shoot down evolution, they should try to find a study that actually does so.
These are Darwinian ‘arguments from ignorance’….
(image from Fundies Say the Darndest Things)
Wagner also noted that several new books in the ARN 2007 Top 10 Darwin and Design Resource list such as Michael Behe’s The Edge of Evolution and Mike Gene’s The Design Matrix are causing a healthy shift in the debate from ‘Darwin versus Design’ to ‘Darwin and Design.’
You can’t shift something that doesn’t exist. There was no “Darwin versus Design” debate in the first place, at least not among scientists.
The debate has been highly polarized for generations because you have one group claiming everything can be explained by Darwin…
Those would have to be the creationists. As I explained above, they’re the only ones who are still fixated on the antiquated notion of “Darwinism”. Real scientists have long since moved on to the Modern Synthesis of genetics and evolution.
…and another group claiming everything can be explained by design.
Those would also be the creationists. They must be a very confused group of people, having polarizing debates among themselves like that.
These new books are revealing that scientific evidence is now indicating life bears the hallmarks of both.
No. These new books are revealing that the authors are incapable of understanding modern biology, and are therefore resorting to “God did it”.
Wirth concluded, “As we monitor scientific discoveries and reports in the news, I think we’re beginning to see a growing trend overall that the sufficiency of Darwinian explanations to describe how life evolved is turning out to be substantially inadequate in a growing number of fields, particularly in the areas of genetics and molecular biology.
Look, Clowndick. If you’re just now seeing that “Darwinism” is inadequate to explain everything, then I suggest you throw away your 1920 textbook and learn some modern biology.