Sunday, October 08, 2006


An Inconvenient Truth

PZ Myers at Pharyngula has a post about the recently published Festschrift for the Godfather of the Intelligent Design movement, Darwin's Nemesis: Phillip Johnson And the Intelligent Design Movement. Specifically, PZ has some pithy things to say about the PR blurb perpetrated by that trustworthy source and eminent judge of matters scientific, Chuck ("I'd walk over my own grandmother") Colson.

PZ does a more than adequate job on this flummery. I just want to add a comment about this bit of ... uh ... "creative reality":

This book really shows just how far the intelligent design (ID) movement has progressed in a relatively short time, despite the best efforts of many Darwinists to shoot it down -- because, as is becoming clearer and clearer, ID has the evidence on its side.

Funny . . . that's not what Johnson himself thinks:

I also don’t think that there is really a theory of intelligent design at the present time to propose as a comparable alternative to the Darwinian theory, which is, whatever errors it might contain, a fully worked out scheme. There is no intelligent design theory that’s comparable. Working out a positive theory is the job of the scientific people that we have affiliated with the movement. Some of them are quite convinced that it’s doable, but that’s for them to prove…No product is ready for competition in the educational world.

Given ID's track record of misrepresentation of the ideas of others, why should Johnson himself get in their way?

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