This morning the Templeton Foundation announced the winner of the Templeton Prize: Francisco Ayala, a former priest and current biologist who testified against creation science in the ’80s and now continues to demolish “intelligent design” – the madness that creation science became. In the comments to PZ’s grudging acknowledgment of the wisdom of the choice, Bill Farrell anticipates the creationist response:
Ohhhhhh, Ayala has been “mean” to Stephen Meyer over “Signature.”
Send in the attack gerbil, Disco Tute!
And while Casey himself has yet to reply, David Klinghoffer has sallied forth to inveigh against the horrors of Francisco Ayala’s being mean to Meyer, et al. That is:
when he [Ayala] accepted an invitation to critique Stephen Meyer’s recent book, Signature in the Cell…, he went ahead and wrote his review as if he had the read the book whereas … Dr. Ayala had not done even that.
Klinghoffer knows that Ayala didn’t read the book because he (Klinghoffer) read the Table of Contents and it totally doesn’t match his (Ayala’s) review. Guh. Also, Ayala once told Klinghoffer that IDolators are free to pursue their research, but in Chez Klinghoffer:
What planet does this man live on? After the experiences of Sternberg, Gonzalez, Crocker, Marks, Minnich, Dembski — chronicled here and elsewhere [link added], along with others yet to be named and still others too worried about reprisals to let themselves to be identified — it should be obvious that Ayala’s statement is utterly, completely, and entirely false. When it comes to doubting Darwin, serious scientists would be justified in feeling intimidated. In part, the fear of speaking out is maintained by the realization that if you raise your voice, your view will not merely be criticized. It will be distorted so as to prejudice public and professional opinion against you.
What we have in Dr. Ayala’s review of Steve Meyer’s book is a telling illustration, in miniature, of how that works.
So congratulations, Bill! You predicted it all perfectly, but for the messenger.