TEN days ago we posted Eugenie Scott is Interviewed. Everyone liked it. The interview was totally non-controversial. But we didn’t realize that way down deep in the foulest sewers of Seattle, things had started bubbling.
Now, after pooling their powerful brains to decide how to spin the Scott interview, the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids) have posted this: Eugenie Scott Coaches Scientists to Talk About Evolution Without Revealing Any Weaknesses. It’s by Casey Luskin, everyone’s favorite creationist. Casey says, with bold font added by us:
Eugenie Scott plays many roles in the evolution debate. Now, in a recent enlightening interview in Science News, she offers her wisdom as a media coach for scientists talking publicly about evolution. Her most important piece of advice? Never use terminology that could imply any real weakness in evolutionary biology.
Casey correctly links to the same interview that we wrote about earlier, but other than that, there seems to be no similarity between what we read and what Casey is writing about. That “enlightening interview” didn’t provide much enlightenment in Seattle.
We’ll skip the middle of Casey’s post. It’s too chaotic — even for your Curmudgeon — to deal with. Instead we’ll jump right to the final paragraph, which Casey put in bold font, but which we’ll leave in plain:
When scientists in a field are instructed to never publicly admit when they’re wrong, and are advised that improving the public’s perception of science is not best served by doing better science, then you know that field is steeped in intolerance towards dissent, and political pressure to give assent to orthodoxy. These are not the signs of a healthy science.
Casey seems to have applied so much spin to Scott’s interview that he became totally disoriented and he ended up talking about himself. His article actually describes the work of the Discoveroids — and creationists in general.
Think about it. What Casey’s final paragraph claims about science is true in every respect about creationists. They never admit they’re wrong, they always struggle to suppress science, they’re exceedingly intolerant of “Darwinists,” and they have no shame about using the political process to jam their unearned way into science classes.
Nice work, Casey! You’re now the official poster boy for The Theory of Abominable Befuddlement.
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