Forget for a moment about who, Darwinists or Design advocates, is actually right. If you took a sample of ID folks and a sample of Darwin people, specifically those who have felt confident enough in their views to write about them for publication, and then quizzed each group about what arguments their opponents offer, there’s no question that those from the ID community would know better what their opposites in the debate say.
Just look at ENV as a convenient illustration. We strive to keep up with toughest challenges, such as they are, from evolutionists. Now look at the competing Darwin blogs. Guys like PZ Myers & Co. concentrate their fire on naïve young-earth creationists. Jerry Coyne and his colleagues in the Darwin-defending business are careful to stay unaware of the very serious challenges to Darwinism from ID.
Ummm. . . . no, we don’t concentrate our fire solely on young-earth creationists. Both P. Z. and I have written extensively on Intelligent Design. I have, for example, reviewed both of Michael Behe’s books (references below). Anyway, Larry gives the appropriate response:
As it turns out, most of us know more about Intelligent Design Creationism than the average IDiot. As for evolution, I’ve yet to meet an IDiot who even comes close to understanding it, although Michael Behe and Michael Denton come pretty close.
Klinghoffer and his friends are deluding themselves if they think we don’t know what they are saying and they are even more delusional if they think they understand evolution. We’ve proven time and time again that they don’t.
Are we surprised? No, because the one thing all IDiots have in common is the God delusion—the biggest one of all.
Sometimes I wonder why this small pack of loonies thinks that so many scientists—certainly at least 95% of biologists—are so deluded as to believe in Darwinism? Are we all simply victims of a 150-year hoax, a hoax involving fields as diverse as embryology, geology, morphology, genetics, biochemistry, and biogeography—all of which erroneously point to the same conclusions? Or do they think it’s a vast conspiracy in which scientists in their smoke-filled labs meet to push a theory that’s knowingly wrong—perhaps as a way to attain our real goal: universal atheism?
IDiots is the right word. Klinghoffer and his cronies will die without ever finding the vindication they so crave. The kicker is they won’t go anywhere after they die, either. They’re worm food, both dead and alive.
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Coyne, J. A. 1996. God In the Details. (Review of Darwin’s Black Box, by M. Behe). Nature 383:227-228.
Coyne, J. A. 2007. The Great Mutator (Review of The Edge of Evolution, by Michael J. Behe). The New Republic, June 18, 2007, pp. 38-44.