Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Steven Pinker responded to Stephen Meyer's dishonest attempt to hijack Thomas Jefferson as an IDeologist by pointing out that Judge Jones (a conservative Republican) after a six-week trial where the IDers were given every chance to defend ID's supposedly scientific status, ruled that it is religion in disguise.
Now Wild Bill Dembski, who was supposed to be a witness at that trial but backed out, has this to say about Pinker's point:
That's from the guy, let's not forget, who said:
Is this vapid appeal to authority all the Darwinians have left?
Intelligent design is just the Logos theology of John's Gospel restated in the idiom of information theory.
For somebody who is such an expert in the field, you'd think he'd be better at recognizing them.
And, of course, as the inestimable TomS points out, the whole attempt to hijack Jefferson was, itself, a vapid appeal to authority.
In the good old days, political memories lasted at least a couple of weeks.