Remember the ISCID? That’s the International Society for Complexity, Information and Design. From their website:
he International Society for Complexity, Information, and Design (ISCID) is a cross-disciplinary professional society that investigates complex systems apart from external programmatic constraints like materialism, naturalism, or reductionism. The society provides a forum for formulating, testing, and disseminating research on complex systems through critique, peer review, and publication. Its aim is to pursue the theoretical development, empirical application, and philosophical implications of information- and design-theoretic concepts for complex systems.
Sure sounds impressive. Billing yourself as Joe Creationist, Fellow of the ISCID, sure sounds a lot better than Joe Creationist, crackpot.
Well, the most recent issue of their online, “peer-reviewed” journal (that would be Progress in Complexity, Information and Design) is dated November 2005. So it has now been over a year since they put out an issue. And it has been more than two years since their Society Events page has had anything to report.
Lately I haven’t been blogging much about ID. How can I? ID appears to be completely moribund. The apparent demise of ISCID is just the latest indication of that fact.
Anti-evolution challenges to science education are still alive, alas. They never die. But the idea that ID is some sort of movement poised to change the way science is done is now out the window.
The ID folks used to publish books like Darwin’s Black Box and No Free Lunch. The arguments made in these books were rubbish, but they were serious books nonetheless. A lay person could be forgiven for reading such books and thinking that the ID folks might have something to say. But those days are behind us. Now they brag about books by Ann Coulter, or books with “Politically Incorrect” in their titles. They shot their wad with irreducible complexity, and have had nothing to say since.