Archive for: December, 2007

Welcome back to the Midwest. Have some ice.

Dec 13 2007 Published by under Synaptic Misfires

I've scarcely been back in the Midwest and already I have to tunnel out from under a layer of frozen crazy. Funny enough, we can't remember losing power in ice storms for more than a few hours when we were kids, but it was out for a good 14 hours on Tuesday. To make matters worse, half of the 60 foot tall pine tree in the front yard is now on the ground, so I'll have to find some way to get rid of that mess.
In the meantime, I'll have my hands full gutting out the drywall behind the toilet and shower; a leak in the shower is making it crumble and triggered a growth of mold that needs to be removed. I've got most of it out now, so we'll see how good a job I can do re-tileing (tiling? How the hell do you spell that?) the shower after I finish putting up the new drywall.

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A Handy Graphic/Timeline of Gonzalez's Publication Drop

Dec 06 2007 Published by under Academia

Intelligent Design is a career-killer. There's just no two ways about it. And not because of how peers treat the ID supporter; they throw their own productivity under the bus, to use Casey Luskin's overworked cliche. We saw the same thing with Behe and Dembski. Behe has published ONE peer-reviewed paper in the last decade-ish. And Dembski... well, does anybody even know where he works these days?

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A clarification about the pending Gonzalez lawsuit, for Bad Astronomy

Dec 05 2007 Published by under Academia

Phil over at Bad Astronomy has it a bit backwards, but hey it's not his fault. He didn't have to sit through that nightmare of a press conference.

I still stick by my own conclusion too, that by trying to say that Gonzalez's religious freedom has been curtailed, they are admitting ID is religion and not science, which they vehemently denied with the Dover case. I think if this comes to court, that'll be a fun issue to grill them about.

From the press conference, the DI is clearly trying to distance religion from ID. The subject never really came up until a reporter asked about it. Even a handout in the DI information packet gives instructions on how to properly define ID, which includes notions like separating it from creationism and religious concepts like "higher power". They've already had their day in court at Dover (and lost) because ID was (correctly) tied to religion. They don't want to go back there. Another flub of a court case will cement Intelligent Design as a legal failure.
No, this time around they'll likely try to claim a hostile work environment. They can't risk having ID identified with religion and not science yet again. Which is unfortunate, because as Phil said, it would be really frakkin' fun....

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The Disco Institute has a press conference on Gonzalez's behalf

Dec 04 2007 Published by under Academia

Yesterday the Discovery Institute held a press conference at the capitol building in Des Moines, to announce Guillermo Gonzalez's plans to sue Iowa State University over their decision to deny him tenure. Supposedly the lawsuit will be filed pending the rejection of an appeal to the Board of Regents, which is virtually guaranteed simply for the fact that the Regents typically uphold tenure decisions. Joining Casey Luskin, Rob Crowther, Gonzalez's attorneys, and a few other DI folk was state Senator David Hartsuch (R-District 41).

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