The mere presence of this book is interrupting my Darwin worship

Look what arrived in the mail! Yes, that’s right: Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design, by Stephen C. Meyer. I made a callout a little over a week ago for people to consider buying me pro-ID books for my birthday, and someone obliged1.

But not just anyone did, no. It was Paul A. Nelson, Discovery Institute fellow and member of the Access Research Network’s Board of Directors, who sent me a copy of Signature, and he included a little note:

“I enjoy your blog. Please write about Signature, when you’ve had a chance to think about the book.”

Hey, someone from the Discovery Institute reads my blog! That’s certainly a cause for celebration, along with the fact that I just scored a book I’ve been wanting to read for nearly two years. Thanks for reading, Paul. Obviously I’m not changing your mind on anything, but sometimes that’s not the point of writing.

Anyway, I’ll try to read Signature as swiftly as both thoroughness and university allow me to, and then jot down a few thoughts on Stephen’s ideas. I know the outline of a few of his basic arguments, but I’m actually quite interested to see what he puts forward as positive evidence of design, especially since the book is supposed to be the epitome of the ID movement’s output so far.

Stay tuned… or whatever the blogging version is!

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  1. For those playing along at home, this puts the ratio up to 19:2!

5 thoughts on “The mere presence of this book is interrupting my Darwin worship

  1. Hey Jack — glad to see SITC arrived. Looks like I sent you the hardback: my apologies, I wanted to send the paperback. Not because I'm cheap, but because the p-back corrects errors in the hardback edition. Please keep that in mind if / when you find mistakes.

    • When Jack finally writes his reviews, it would be good to get a list of said corrected errors. Pity you didn't send him the one that you think is more accurate. We'd all like to see what those corrections are. I'd rather you didn't have that to hide behind, should Jack write criticisms to which you might disagree. It leaves the door open for dishonesty on your part. We'll all be watching, and on the look out for any paragraph which begins with the words "well, if you read the corrected version, you would see…" :)

      • In actuality, it's my fault for not putting the paperback version on my Amazon wishlist, which Paul was buying it from. I'm sure the errors are minor and don't strongly affect Stephen's arguments.

  2. I translated this for you: "I know the outline of a few of his basic FANTASIES, but I’m actually quite interested to see what he puts forward as positive evidence of MAGIC, especially since the book is supposed to be the epitome of the MAGIC movement’s output so far."

    A summary of their "evidence": if the compulsive liars of the Christian Creationist Discovery Institute are too stupid to understand something then it was created out of nothing by a magic-wand-waving god fairy.

    As if their dishonesty and total ignorance of science was evidence for anything except the idea these Liars-For-The-Christian-Death-Cult are traitors who want to destroy America's science education to defend their dead Jeebus.

    The truth about the pathological liars of the Christian Creationist Discovery Institute:

  3. The link I provided in my previous comment is to the 15 posts I wrote about the dishonest creationists of the Christian Discovery Institute.

    Here's an example. This shows educated Christians have nothing but contempt for the Discovery Institute liars. This is from a letter to Stephen C. Meyer:

    Your Discovery Institute is a horrific mistake, an epic intellectual tragedy that is degrading the minds of those who consume its products and bringing dishonor to you and to the church. It is for good reason that Casey Luskin is held in such extreme contempt by your movement's critics, and there's something truly sick about the pattern of attacks that your operatives launched in the weeks after the Biola event. It's clear that you have a cadre of attack dogs that do this work for you, and some of them seem unconstrained by standards of integrity. I can't state this strongly enough: the Discovery Institute is a dangerous cancer on the Christian intellect, both because of its unyielding commitment to dishonesty and because of its creepy mission to undermine science itself. I'd like to see you do better, but I have no such hope for your institute. It needs to be destroyed, and I will do what I can to bring that about.

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