Dembski pimps an interview with his new bestest buddy, the electrical and computer engineer, Robert Marks "director of the Baylor Evolutionary Informatics Lab" (which is comprised of Dembski, Marks and two students). The Isaac Newton of Information Theory says:
I hope you catch from the interview the ambitiousness of the lab and how it promises to put people like Christoph Adami and Rob Pennock out of business (compare www.evolutionaryinformatics.org with devolab.cse.msu.edu).
Let’s do that shall we? Let’s compare the two labs. Number of journal papers by the Baylor Evolutionary Informatics Lab? Zero. By the Devolab at MSU? Eleven; in journals such as Nature, Science, PNAS, Evolution and J. Theor. Biol. No contest really.
The Baylor unit is the "new ID friendly research center at a major university" that Dembski "predicted" earlier this year. I guessed it would be at Baylor. Boy, I’m good.
Dembski’s other "predictions" were that Behe’s Edge of Evolution and his own The Design of Life (with Wells) would appear. Looks like he’s batting two for three at the moment. It has obviously been a triumphant year for ID.
So let’s ignore the faux "research center," the trade press book that has appeared not with a bang but with a whimper, and the bastard offspring of Pandas and People. What has ID achieved this year so far? Nothing. Let’s cast our minds back to what I suggested ID should give us in 2007:
- A single peer-reviewed article offering positive evidence for design in a biological system.
- A theory of how the Designer-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named did the designing.
- From Dembski: a peer-reviewed paper in the mathematical literature that presents a method to unambiguously (and positively) detect design by differentiating design from non-design.
- From Nelson:  An exposition of the theory of "ontogenetic depth";  A promised peer-reviewed paper on problems with common descent (April 2005 seems so long ago. To speed things up, have Dembski put it online … that’s where he puts everything these days);  The promised monograph on common descent that is currently MIA since the late 90’s.
- From Wells: Any writing that actually fairly represents science (we’re not asking for much here).