Those who follow The Controversy between evolution and creationism know who William Dembski is. We’ve been writing about him since Dembski’s Creationist Revival Meeting, the source of the pic which adorns this post.
He’s a senior “fellow” of the Discovery Institute, and the originator of their undefined and incomprehensible concept of Specified complexity. His amazing design inference allows the Discoveroids to sense the presence of intelligent design. We’ve discussed that too — see The Discoveroids and Their Magic Filter.
Dembski’s creationist career has been … well, chaotic. In 1999 he was the star of Intelligent Design’s Brief Shining Moment, when he headed the short-lived Michael Polanyi Center at Baylor University which promoted intelligent design. Alas for Dembski, the university’s science faculty rebelled, and Dembski’s operation was dismantled. He discussed that in this interview where he said:
When the Polanyi Center was dissolved … many who had their finger to the wind and wondered whether to back intelligent design, backed down. I stayed on at Baylor to complete my contract, but was persona non grata the entire time. … By the fall of 2000, my career was toast.
After that he was teaching at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky where his old-Earth creationism got him in trouble, so he courageously recanted — see Battling Baptists: Young or Old Earth?
But it seems that his real home has been the Discovery Institute. In that same interview he says:
When one has had to deal with the vilification and marginalization that I have, it’s important to have friends and to know who they are. The Discovery Institute (and by that I mean both its fellows and its administrators) has been my best friend these last 15 years. They’ve been there whenever I’ve needed them. They’ve been my most engaging conversation partners. And we’ve had a commonality of purpose.
With that as background, here’s the news. One of the best of our clandestine operatives told us about it, which is at Dembski’s own blog: A New Day. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
In the last few years, my focus has switched from ID to education, specifically to advancing freedom through education via technology.
After describing his prior work on intelligent design, some of which is still ongoing (like updating his older books) he says:
I’m happy for the years I was able to spend working on ID, but it’s time to move on. I’ll be describing my new endeavors on this new blog.
What’s going on? Does this mean Dembski is leaving the Discovery Institute? Was he having problems there? They were taking good care of him. As we reported in Discovery Institute: Their 2013 Tax Return (the last year for which information is available), they paid him $115,000 for “research.”
That’s a good deal. Why would he want to “move on” from intelligent design? Did the Discoveroids cut him off? If so, why? Maybe the Discoveroids are having cash problems, and Dembski is a victim of their cost-cutting. Or maybe he just got tired of getting nowhere by doing what he was doing. Is he the victim of a — gasp! — Darwinist conspiracy? We have no idea. But something is going on. In due course, all will be known.
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