Saturday, October 22, 2005

Karma? Irony? Proof of Divine Humor?

I am not exactly sure what to call what is happening in Dover but...

William Dembski is one of the Discovery Institute's leading lights. He feels that he has mathematically proven via probability theory that the theory of evolution is false though he ignores criticisms of his work except occasionally when he attack the qualifications of certain of the critics. The only reason I bring him up is that he once said:

"I am waiting for the day when the hearings are not voluntary but involve subpoenas in which evolutionists are deposed at length on their views. On that happy day, I can assure you they won't come off looking well."


"I can assure you they won't come off looking well." Posted by Picasa

Well Dembski must have worded his wish poorly because it is Intelligent Design proponents like Michael Behe who are being deposed at length on their views at the Dover trial and it is not pretty. The York Daily Record has been following the trial and I highly recommend these articles, especially any article with "Behe" in the title. They are like a documentary of someone throwing their academic credibility away. Dembski did this some time ago but it seems that Behe is now ready to don the mantle of complete loon. He has redefined science (in his own mind) so that it includes everything from Astrology to Intelligent Design; something that the Kansas school board failed to convince anyone that it had the power to do. He has claimed that a ten minute discussion of his popular press book between the editor and someone who never read the book is "more rigorous" a review process that what peer reviewed papers go through. He insists that there is no evidence in existence supporting evolution because he simply does not accept it as rigorous. Strange how all those scientific peer reviewed journals did.

Behe, in short, did not come off looking well. I hope he knows that the Discovery Institute does not tolerate failure.

The sad thing is that it seems to me that this is a prime example of people getting so emotionally involved in a belief that is false that in order to protect the belief, every other aspect of reality must be sacrificed. When reality suffers for our beliefs, madness is the only relief. This is the greatest pitfall of the learning process and it is why logic, the scientific method and peer review are so important. Without them, the dark side is stong.

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