The last six months have been hard ones for ID folks. First, there was the big Dover decision. Then came several new transitional forms (see here and here, for example). The evolution of complex biochemical systems gets less mysterious every day. Likewise for the evolution of of cooperative behavior. Nick Matzke’s brilliant annotated bibliography on the evolution of the immune system was posted, showing once more that the Michael Behe’s of the world are just making it up when they say that scientists can’t explain the evolution of “irreducibly complex” systems. Meanwhile, there is growing evidence that the scientific community is now fully engaged in the fight against ID (as evidenced here and here.)
But it’s not all bad news for ID folks. They recently picked up an endorsement as well.
The Spring 2006 issue of Paranoia magazine contains a cover story on “The Intelligent Design Revolution,” written by someone named Joan d’Arc (I suspect it’s a pseudonym). Sample quote:
Indeed, the Darwinian fundamentalists clearly see the ID movement as driven by a bunch of hicks in a junk wagon. The sooner they rid themselves of this notion, the sooner we can get on to the real debate, if indeed they are interested in a real debate. Such is doubtful. As an example of the general unwillingness to enter any intelligent debate on the subject, consider the following quote from an editorial in the Boston Metro newspaper (11/16/05) where columnist Mike Mennonno writes: “Intelligent design brooks no argument, spawns no debate, and calls for no further investigation. Its adherents argue, simply, that certain forms in nature are too complex to have evolved through natural selection and must have been created by a `designer’.”
While this columnist normally seems to exhibit common sense, when it comes to the subject of Darwinian evolution minds tend to close shut. This simplistic explanation of ID theory is about as far as any media reports go toward explaining what its proponents actually espouse. In fact, it appears that they all borrow the same sentence to describe ID theory. How often is this sound byte mentality the culprit in fair media reporting? Their cheap tactic is to call the ID theorists to the carpet to talk science, allow them a one sentence rebuttal, and then shout back, “come on, talk science, if you know how.”
The article from which this quote appeared does not seem to be available online (though they have posted other articles expressing similar views. Ms. d’Arc herself maintains a website on this subject here. You might enjoy the many, laughably out-of-context quotes she provides.
Elsewhere in the magazine we find articles about UFO’s and the Knight’s Templar. Nice to see the ID folks making new friends.