Thursday, August 05, 2004

Lynch on Uncommon Dissent

The always excellent John Lynch has weighed in with some thoughts on Dembski's Uncommon Dissent:

A book which I have been dipping into over the past month is Dembski’s recent edited volume Uncommon Dissent: Intellectuals Who Find Darwinism Unconvincing (ISI, 2004). To anyone familiar with the ID movement, this is very familar territory; a collection of (largely) non-scientists bemoaning evolution and it’s percieved moral effects while rehashing arguments lifted from older anti-evolutionary sources. The tone is the usual paranoid delusion that American creationism seems to specialize in; Darwinism is an “ideology” which exhibits “overweening ambition”, it’s a theory that is held “dogmatically and even ruthlessly” by the “Darwinian thought police” who are “as insidious as any secret police at ensuring conformity and rooting out dissent” (all of this in a two page span!). There’s something comforting about the realization that there is nothing really new under the Creationist sun!

I recommend reading the whole thing.