Check out the Dsicovery Institute’s Bruce Chapman explaining away the complete inability of ID to produce anything of scientific importance:
I keep getting asked about the scientific research projects underway that relate to Darwinism and intelligent design. So why aren’t we talking more about them publicly? For several good reasons:
The most important is that the Darwinist establishment would like nothing better than to “out” research programs before they are finished. The idea is to shut down damaging evidence as early as possible. Strangle the infant in the crib. Demand answers now to questions still being explored.
And after a brief excusrion to discuss the case of Francis Beckwtih, he continues:
Friends of ID know the cases of a number of ID-friendly scientists who have lost their lab privileges or otherwise been discriminated against at universities here and in the UK. We are not trumpeting very many cases because the situations of several such scientists remain difficult. It is an appalling commentary on the state of academic freedom that ID-friendly scientists should have to work in an atmosphere of fear, but it’s true. We just want friends of ID who wonder why we don’t publicize work in progress more than we do to take a moment and reflect about that!
As for foes and critics who pester us for information about research now underway and who insinuate that, unless we oblige them, we must accept their opinion that such research is not happening, we owe them nothing. Since when does a scientist have to “report” on his work to the public before he is ready? The opposite is almost always the case.
What nerve! In their books, blogs and gatherings the ID folks run around telling people that the battle is over: Darwin has lost, ID has won. They’ve been telling us for over a decade that ID will lead to scientific advancements undreamed of under an evolutionary paradigm.
But if you ask them back up these claims with even one little bit of actual scientific progress they talk about conspiracies of censorship and lecture you about their need for secrecy. Lot’s of reaserch is going on, but we can’t tell you about it. Lot’s of scientists are being oppressed by Darwinists, but we can’t tell you who they are.
RIght. And people who deny the existence of robots are themsleves robots.
Chapman would have you believe that ID folks are reticent to talk publicly about their work. The results aren’t ready yet, he says. The reality, however, is that ID folks are willing to talk to anyone and everyone as long as those people know nothing about science. Scientists are pretty much the only people ID folks are unwilling to talk to. The ID blogs are all atwitter right now about the big confab at the Florida Sun Dome this weekend. Four thousnad people gathered to hear the leading lights of ID talk publicly about their work. Somehow I don’t think the speakers told the audiences they owe them nothing.
Which brings me to the title of this entry. When I got started in this biz, I felt like I learned something by taking the ID folks seriously. The No Free Lunch theorems are beautiful and fascinating, but I would know nothing about them if the sordid little mind of William Dembski hadn’t figured how to use them to bamboozle people into thinking their were mathematical flaws with evolution. The research I did while investigating the claims of Jonathan Wells and Icons of Evolution taught me a great deal about the real state of biological research. Fighting these ignorant charlatans was an act of grim necessity, but at least they provided some food for thought.
But look where they are now. They had their day in court and came off looking like fools. The only books they talk about now are the hysterical political screeds by Ann Coulter and Jonathan Wells, neither of which presents anything remotely new. And when you ask them to tell you about the state of ID research, not even actual results mind you but just a description of the work itself, they get belligerent and nasty.
Is Chapman actually fooling anyone? Surely it’s obvious even to the dimmest among us that the ID folks have no results to report because ID is an intellectual dead end? Right? Please tell me I’m right…