Sunday, March 25, 2007
William Dembski Wants You to Think He's a Moron!
The doyen of the Intelligent Design Movement, William Dembski, has announced a new strategy (see Comment 4) in their campaign to unseat evolutionary science. He is now urging the proponents of ID to seek to convince their opponents that the movement is made up of morons!
This all started over a quote mine of certain disparaging remarks about the Irish taken from Darwin's The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex (1871), that Dembski posted at Uncommon Descent. I'm guessing that he got wind of this passage from a truly execrable article in Commonweal by Peter Quinn, titled "The Gentle Darwinians."
As pointed out by, among others, John Wilkins,* Dembski failed to reveal that the characterization of the "reckless, degraded, and often vicious members of society" associated, in a roundabout way, with the Irish, was not Darwin's own views but those of Francis Galton and W. R. Greg, with whom Darwin was in the process of disagreeing.
Dembski now claims to have known the correct context of the quote but intentionally did not include it in his attempt "to highlight Darwin’s attitude toward the Irish and underscore the invidious distinctions of race and ethnicity that his theory engenders," as a decoy for the "Darwinists" to chase after instead of the "the gist" of the quote mine.
One might think Dembski is deliberately spinning the truth, or as we call it in technical philosophy, lying.
Anyway, I think Dembski is really on to something with this plan! In any contest, it's always best to go with what comes naturally!
* John's post is soon to be a major new entry in the Quote Mine Project.
Using an ethnic slur (a mild one, yes) in a complaint about an ethnic slur?
Now you are beginning to see the truly diabolical part of their plan!
They intend to disable us by getting us to repeatedly smack our own heads in disbelief!