Monday, December 22, 2008


Bleedin' Choir Invisibile

PZ Myers gives a pointer to some excellent work done by Allen MacNeill in tracking the crash and burn of the Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness (IDEA) Clubs, apparently the idea of Casey Luskin and fomented by the Discovery Institute, that had a brief presence at some colleges, community colleges and high schools.

Just to add another small data point to that, it's now been almost two months since the DI established the YouTube site for its Academic Freedom Day Video Contest and over two weeks since the Discovery Institute announced the contest at its Evolution News & Views ("The misreporting of the evolution issue is one key reason for this site.") blog.

So far, there have been zero student videos posted. The only video is one featuring Ben Stein that appears to have been made for the DVD release of Expelled humping the "Academic Freedom Petition" (i.e. the "Keep Our Children as Ignorant as Us Petition"). There are a total of 11 "members" and one "discussion," consisting of a single comment: "Great idea! I look forward to viewing the entries."

It's hard to believe there is so little interest, given the fabulously lucrative prize involved:

The grand-prize winner will be awarded $500, and one essay runner-up and one video runner-up will receive $250. Up to 10 finalists will receive their choice of a free book or DVD.

Ya know, I was looking forward to the videos too. The last one I saw on the topic was really funny.

Ooh, they really emptied the coffers to dig up all of that prize money.
Heh, there's been rumors of financial woes at the DI, so maybe they did.
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