In the wake of Bruce Chapman’s public statement about the double secret probation research allegedly going on at a secret lair on a south pacific island comes this DI press release claiming to have funded millions of dollars worth of research. But notice how vague the wording is:
“So we started the Center, and now, just ten years later, we’ve put over $4 million directly into scientific and scholarly research on intelligent design and evolution.”
“Scientific and scholarly research.” Interesting combination of words. The latter category undoubtedly includes the salaries of all the DI fellows, which they would say supports them in their “scholarly research”, i.e. in their writing of popular books like Darwin’s Black Box, which contains not a shred of actual scientific research. It no doubt includes supporting Jonathan Wells’ “research” on Icons of Evolution, which consisted of mining the scientific literature in order to figure out how to distort it so completely that its mama wouldn’t recognize it.
This is how the DI defines “scientific and scholarly research”. Notice that the press release does not point to a single actual research project. Indeed, the press release says that they’ve “supported research and writing by more than 50 scientists and scholars in the sciences, social sciences and humanities.” So they’re almost certainly also counting here the funding they gave to Richard Weikart for writing his book claiming that Darwin led to Hitler. I doubt any reasonable person would consider that “scientific research” on intelligent design.
Since the only actual peer reviewed research paper put out by a DI fellow about any ID concept (Behe and Snoke, 2004) actually proves that (allegedly) irreducibly complex biochemical systems can evolve without intelligent intervention, even when the input factors are skewed strongly against that happening, it seems fairly obvious that combining “scientific and scholarly research” in this manner is a bit like the 12th guy off the Bulls bench saying that he and Michael Jordan combined for 35 points a game; Jordan, of course, had 34.5 of those points.
Where is the actual scientific research that they’ve supposedly funded? Well I’m sorry, they can’t tell you that unless you’re in the special room of the treehouse with the magic decoder ring. But trust them, it’s coming. You know, like they said that Axe’s paper on perturbations was going to blow the doors off evolution, and like when they said that the Behe and Snoke paper was going to be the “nail in the coffin” of evolution.
ID is sounding more and more like one of those 7’5″ centers from Bulgaria that an NBA team drafts in the top 5 and they keep talking about what great potential they’ve got, just you wait and see. The problem is, the guy can barely put one foot in front of the other without tripping and falling. Only in this case, the DI has him working out in secret at a hidden location deep in an underground bunker in Fiji. Somehow I don’t think Shaq is quaking in his boots over the prospect, and neither are evolutionary biologists.