Thursday, October 22, 2009
Plan Design from Outer Space
Remember John Lynch's article a while back, "The Roots of ID," about the Discovery Institute's claim at its faith + evolution website (set up to counter the Biologos Foundation's efforts to convince more Christians that evolution and faith are compatible) that the Intelligent Design Movement wasn't born in the immediate aftermath of Edwards v. Aguillard by the cdesign proponentsists working on Of Pandas and People?
John demonstrated quite thoroughly that no one was saying that the design argument was new ... far from it ... the issue was when the modern ID Movement, aimed at getting ID into public school science curricula or, at least, watering down education in evolutionary science, was born. John also notes the irony of the DI quoting extensively from Christian and other theistic sources to show that ID predated the decision in Edwards v. Aguillard, at the same time as they are claiming it is non-religious modern science.
They (sort of) attempt to avoid that problem by pointing to Fred Hoyle (sometimes described as an agnostic and sometimes as an atheist), who once in 1982 used the words in that order, as the person who "coined [the term] in its contemporary scientific usage," even though no one knew about Hoyle's use until sometime in 2007, way too late for him to have been IDs intellectual progenitor.
But there was one modern usage that the DI missed ... one that bears a lot in common with ID.
Let's take a brief detour to this press release:
Repeated sexual scandals in the Roman Catholic Church! - The Canadian Council of Raelian Bishops suggests sexual robots as a solution to protect the victims of Roman Catholic priests
"The Raelian philosophy not only advocates sexual freedom, which naturally protects our members from these mental deviances, but is also in favour of the use of sexual robots ; as Rael describes them in his book 'Intelligent Design', written in 1975, and as today's scientists are now suggesting."
You have to wonder why the DI isn't all over it!
# Hardcover: 420 pages
# Publisher: Nova Distribution (December 7, 2005)
# ISBN-10: 2940252203
Oh, and Rael the Who song was on The Who Sell Out of 1967, but the racing car journalist and driver Claude Vorilhon met extraterrestrials in 1973 and was inspired then to change his name to Raël. Presumably the extraterrestrials were Who fans, or it may have been something in the acid....
And a little thing like the truth would be a problem for the folks at the DI exactly how?
"sexual robots ; as Rael describes them in his book 'Intelligent Design', written in 1975"
Great track by the Who, includes the very appropriate words "he's crazy, anyway."