Intelligent design/creationism Pseudoscience Science Skepticism/critical thinking

Yet another example of credulity begetting credulity

Thanks to a commenter going by the ‘nym of djm, I found in a comment yet another hilarious example of how credulity towards pseudoscience of one form often goes hand-in-hand with other forms of pseudoscience. It looks as though the “intelligent design” creationists are down with Steorn’s claimed free energy machine as “evidence” against materialism:

Steorn’s findings totally undermine the basic premise of materialism, simply by demonstrating a confirmed physical effect that materialists predict cannot happen. These clever Irish researchers have demonstrated that the principles of thermodynamics function in a manner far closer to the predictions of William Dembski and William Brookfield than the clearly flawed thermodynamic claims of Hawkings and Maxwell.

The same scientists who tell you that Intelligent Design is impossible also dispute the hard-facts of Steorn’s peer-reviewed findings. I predict that this humble contraption will show the world just how much materialists have misled mainstream-science.

And, in the comments:

This is perhaps the best physical evidence I have ever seen against the absurd assumptions of materialism. The materialists are utterly convinced that “free energy” is impossible, but they have totally ignored well documented evidence of miracles (e.g. walking on water, reviving the dead).

Let me explain: Such acts would have required a great deal of energy brought in from apparently nowhere. The laws of thermodynamics as Hawkings understand them say this can never happen. In hawking’s world-view reviving the dead is impossible because a long-dead body contains a great deal more entropy than a healthy living body. On the other hand, well documented evidence says these miricales happened. As scientists we must follow this evidence wherever it leads.

This is a perfect example of how ultra-materialists scientists deny legitimate scientific inquiry. It’s hardly surprising that the dogmatic neo-darwinist nay-sayers are often the same people who deny that Steorn’s perpetual motion machine is possible WITHOUT EVEN SEEING IT!

Unfortunately, this drop-dead evidence against “materialism” appears to have a few glitches, as documented at Free Energy Tracker and announced on Steorn’s own website:

Sean McCarthy CEO stated that “technical problems arose during the installation of the demonstration unit in the display case on Wednesday evening. These problems were primarily due to excessive heat from the lighting in the main display area. Attempts to replace those parts affected by the heat led to further failures and as a result we have to postpone the public demonstration until a future date.”

He continued that “we apologise for the inconvenience caused to all the people who had made arrangements to visit the demonstration or were planning on viewing the demonstration online.”

Over the next few weeks the company will explore alternative dates for the public demonstration.


I guess those people who traveled long distances to see this amazing device are just out of luck. Anyone want to take any bets about whether the “next few weeks” turn into “the next few months” and then to “never”?

I didn’t think so.

It would appear that the laws or thermodynamics, which creationists frequently use to try to “disprove” evolution are merely suggestions when it suits them to use them to attack “materialism.” Overwhelming Evidence is billed as a “site where high school and college students (though non-students will be permitted, this is a site geared towards and created for students) can network and communicate their views on intelligent design and evolution.” However, the stuff posted there is so out there, so idiotic, that I’m still not entirely sure that OE isn’t a huge hoax put on by “materialists” in order to mock ID creationists!

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