Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Intelligent Design Creationism Is Anti-Science
I'm not saying that everyone who subscribes to Intelligent Design Creationism (IDC) is anti-science. There are some, like Michael Behe, Michael Denton, and Scott Minnich who are clearly not anti-science in any meaningful sense of the word. They're not personally guilty of the crime but they're intellectual cowards for not speaking out against the worst offenders.
There is a hard core of IDiots who are against everything that real science stands for. They attack evolution, for example, at every opportunity. They claim that "Darwinism," as they call it, is just plain wrong.
You can find this hard core of creationists in the usual places such as Post-Darwinist, Evolution News & Views, and Uncommon Descent. Most of the people who blog at those sites are supporters of Bill Dembski and Jonathan Wells and all the other kooks at The Discovery Institute.
You need only read their books to see how much Wells and Dembski hate science and how far they will go to discredit evolution. Anyone who stands under the big tent with those people will be assumed to condone their opinions of science.
The IDC crowd is now all a twitter over the Gonzalez case. Guillermo Gonzalez was recently denied tenure in the Physics Department at Iowa State University. His case is under appeal. Gonzalez is an Intelligent Design Creationist sympathizer and a Senior fellow at the Discovery Institute [Guillermo Gonzalez, Senior Fellow - CSC]. One suspects that Gonzales is anti-science. Either that or he is an intellectual coward for not speaking out against those who are anti-science.
The creationists are hoping to influence the outcome of the appeal by writing letters of support to the President of the University. They have also recruited right wing religious conservative politicians to speak out on behalf of Gonzalez.
At least they're being consistent. Their attack on the scientists at Iowa State is no different than their attack on all other scientists.
But, don't they get it? As a group who are known to be anti-science do the IDC's really think they're helping Gonzalez by confirming the worst fears of the tenure committee? Their stupid meddling has made it almost certain that Gonzales will be denied tenure. Or maybe it wasn't stupid at all. Maybe that's what they really want—a martyr.
I almost feel sorry for Gonzales. With friends like that ...