WE hope you’re sitting down, because we have some amazing news for you today. The neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids) will now have what appears to be their own “peer-reviewed” journal.
The Discoveroid blog announces BIO-Complexity: A New, Peer-Reviewed Science Journal, Open to the ID Debate. The article is by Jay Richards, whose Discoveroid biography says that he has Discoveroid “senior fellow” status — i.e., he’s a full-blown creationist. According to Wikipedia, he has some kind of faculty status at Biola University, a California bible college.
Having mentioned Biola, we must digress for just a moment. This page at their website about Biola’s conference “Intelligent Design and the Future of Science” offers what amounts to a compendium of all the names we’ve ever encountered while writing about creationism. Richards is there. So is William Dembski, Phillip Johnson, Michael Behe, Stephen Meyer, Francis Beckwith, Jonathan Wells, Guillermo Gonzales, etc. A veritable gathering of titans.
[Addendum: While thinking about all these interlocking relationships, we checked out Howard Ahmanson, Jr., who is known to be a patron of the Discovery Institute. Wikipedia notes that he is also a patron of Biola. Surprised? Hey, check this out: Philip E. Johnson: Godfather of Intelligent Design. He was the keynote speaker at Biola's centennial year celebration. Interesting how all these lines seem to intersect.]
But let’s return to the Discoveroid announcement. Richards says, with bold font added by us:
A new scientific journal, BIO-Complexity, is set to accelerate the pace and heighten the tone of the debate over intelligent design. The purpose of the journal, according to its self-description, is to combine the rigors and accountability of peer-review, at its best, with an editorial policy open to the debate over intelligent design. It is an open-access journal, which means everyone can download all articles for free.
Isn’t that precious? The creationists have a captive “peer-reviewed” journal where they can publish their articles. Here’s a link to its web page: BIO-Complexity. Let’s read on:
For years, scientists and other scholars who want to pursue design-theoretic research have had to deal with a Catch-22. Though many big scientific ideas appear in books, specialized science develops, in large part, through the peer-reviewed publishing process. At the same time, anyone with the slightest acquaintance with the subject knows that arguing explicitly for design in an article submitted to a scientific journal is a sure-fire way to prevent the article from seeing the light of day. But it looks like that is about to change.
It’s a Catch-22, of course, because critics claim that ID “isn’t science” since it’s not in the peer-reviewed literature. (That’s not true; but the Catch-22 means that explicitly ID-oriented work is vastly under-represented in that literature.)
Yes, creationism is “vastly under-represented” in science journals. So is astrology, faith healing, numerology, and alchemy. Not only that, but beyond the world of science there are even greater injustices. Spindly men who weigh only 100 pounds are “vastly under-represented” among the linemen on professional football teams; and middle-aged women who weigh more than 300 pounds are “vastly under-represented” in each year’s contestants for the Miss Universe title. The solution to each of these problems is for the under-represented to create a separate organization with all-inclusive standards — that is, no standards.
Let’s not waste more time on Richards’ article. Instead, we need to take a look at who will be running BIO-Complexity — the new “scientific” journal. This page lists their Editorial Team. Among those names are a few that leap out at us because we’ve often written about their creationist work: Michael Behe, William Dembski, Richard Sternberg (why doesn’t he use his actual name — “von Sternberg”?) and Jonathan Wells.
So there you are. The creationists now have their own little journal, where their “research” can be reviewed by their peers — other creationists. What intellectual treasures will now come to light? We don’t know, but we suspect that the thrills awaiting us in their pages will be analogous to those we’d get from watching the swimsuit competition in the “Fat Old Miss Universe” contest.
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