ID Debate at BU
William Dembski is reporting on a forthcoming debate he will be participating in at Boston University. Representing the forces of evil and darkness will be Dembski and Edward Sisson. Defending sunshine and goodness will be Eugenie Scott and James Trefil.
Actually, the official topic of the debate, according to Dembski, is whether ID should be taught in conjunction with evolution. Seeing as how the official position of the Discovery Institute (the pro-ID think tank of which Dembski is a senior fellow) is that ID should not be taught in schools, it will be an interesting debate indeed.
Incidentally, if you want a good illustration of just how creepy and demented some of Dembski's admirers are, have a look at the comments. For example, here's “Ben Z:”
It seems to me that neither Eugenie Scott nor James Trefil are qualified for a real debate on ID. They’re just going to go for the same old boring objections.
Of course, this particular debate, apparently, is about the teaching of ID and not its scientific merits. Leaving that aside, Eugenie Scott has a PhD in anthropology and has been a major player in evolution/creation disputes for decades. James Trefil, meanwhile, is a professional physicist with particular experience in science education. Mr. Z. finds them unqualified to discuss the subject.
From the other side, Edward Sisson is a lawyer who describes himself (in his contribution to Dembski's anthology Uncommon Descent) as an interested layperson. Qualifications indeed.
Meanwhile, “mechanicalbirds” offers the following:
J. P. Moreland’s critique of naturalism is probably the best out there today. As good a job as all the ID guys are doing, I’m not sure that the battle can really be won until scientists on both sides examine the philosophical foundations that underlie all scientific enterprises. Even though ID isn’t a movement limited to Christianity (or theism, for that matter), I don’t think it is possible for scientific knowledge to even be justified outside of the Christian theistic framework. We’ll see.
Right. So scientists who are not Christians, which is to say most scientists, are simply being irrational. The arrogance of these people is breathtaking.