Rejection of Intelligent Design by the scientific community — or should it be called professional disdain? — is a very sore point with the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute‘s creationist public relations and lobbying operation, the Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids, a/k/a the cdesign proponentsists).
They so desperately crave acceptance, or even occasional acknowledgment of their existence, that they’ve been engaging in all kinds of ploys. Almost a year ago, in Discovery Institute: Creationist “Peer-Review”, we discussed their strange effort in creating their own captive journal, staffed by their people, who would “peer review” their creationist tracts and publish them. That venerable journal is BIO-Complexity, which — no surprise — has made no impact on anyone.
It seems to have occurred to the Discoveroids that they need to somehow penetrate already-existing journals, but the most prestigious of those have rigorous standards, so the creationists have no chance with them. Everyone remembers the notorious peer review controversy involving Stephen Meyer, a Discoveroid vice president and senior fellow.
Lately they’ve been furiously working to get articles placed in lesser journals. We reported on some of that here: A Peer-Reviewed Creationist Paper?, and also here: Another Creationist Research Paper Published? Those appear to be mere survey articles which mention ID or some Discoveroid fellow-traveler, but report no actual ID research — because there isn’t any, certainly none that contradicts evolution.
The Discoveroids have posted additional blog articles recently, frantically touting a few other “accomplishments” of this nature. For example, see No Peer-Reviewed Support for ID? Darwinists Talk to the Hand by Klinghoffer. And today they’ve just posted this one, Scientific Paper Reviews Dembski and Behe’s Methods of Detecting Intelligent Design, written by Casey.
What does all this low-level activity signify? Not much. If genuine research produces evidence that challenges the theory of evolution, it will be major news that gets published in the most highly-regarded journals. Until then, getting insignificant survey articles published in journals that are the scientific equivalent of “Toilet Tissue Technology Today” doesn’t mean anything.
Undistinguished survey articles certainly won’t impress scientists, nor will they persuade the federal judiciary that the creationist “theory” of intelligent design has broken through into respectability and now belongs in public school science classes. If actual research should ever produce something of importance, it won’t require a court order for that information to appear in textbooks.
If you want to read about the Discoveroids’ publishing triumphs, go ahead. We’ve given you the links — it’s our survey of their survey articles. If you find anything worthy of notice, please let us know. We’ll keep an open mind.
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