Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Spectacular Student Opportunity

The Dishonesty Institute is once again soliciting students for their summer bible camps on intelligent design.

Maybe if they get enough students, they can find some to write articles for ID's flagship journal. It's looking a bit thin these days.

I have some suggestions for article titles, but feel free to suggest more:

Why the Ducky is Different from the Horsie
C. S. Lewis or G. K. Chesterton: Which Was the Better Scientist?
Isaac Newton: the William Dembski of Physics


RBH said...

This is of a piece with remarks Dembski made on ARN 10 years ago, where he wrote

Why should ID supporters allow the Darwinian establishment to indoctrinate students at the high school level, only to divert some of the brightest to becoming supporters of a mechanistic account of evolution, when by presenting ID at the high school level some of these same students would go on to careers trying to develop ID as a positive research program? If ID is going to succeed as a research program, it will need workers, and these are best recruited at a young age.

(Original post now unavailable, but I quoted it here, and it's also in this essay on Dembski's site)

Gulp said...

Just to complete the quote...
"The Darwinists undestand this. So do the ID proponents. There is a sociological dimension to science and to the prospering of scientific theories, and this cannot be ignored if ID is going to become a thriving research program."

Jeffrey Shallit said...

What is the "sociological dimension" behind ID's astonishing research successes, you know, the ones that are published nearly every day in Bio-complexity?

The Atheist Missionary said...

Jeff, have you read Thomas Nagel's Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False?

I'm just getting into it now and would be interested to hear your take on it.

Jeffrey Shallit said...

Not yet.

I tried to explain to Nagel why he doesn't understand information theory, but to little avail.

Diogenes said...

As for your proposed ID syllabus:

Why the Ducky is Different from the Horsie

Um, that might be too mathematically complex for IDers. I would suggest

"Why is a Fly Not a Horse?"

And now, a real quote to back it up, from Jonathan "They Glued the Moths To the Tree" Wells.

Well: “Furthermore, the similarity of HOX genes in so many animal phyla is actually a problem for neo-Darwinism: If evolutionary changes in body plans are due to changes in genes, and flies have HOX genes similar to those in a horse, why is a fly not a horse?" – []

Some Italian IDer actually wrote a book with that title. Even stupid sounds better in Italian.

Diogenes said...

Another addition to the ID Syllabus:

CSI, FSC, FCSI, FSCI, dFSCI, DSFCI, FSCO/I: How to make up new scientifistical acronyms when your pig-ignorance of mathematics is exposed

SPARC said...

You'll find the partially readable cover page of their 2009 syllabus on a photo of the course material published by a former participant on his stand to reason blog. When Larry Moran reported about the course I've posted the reading list deduced from the photo in the Sandwalk comment section.