We recently wrote First Review of Behe’s New Book about a review in Science magazine of the new creationist book by Discoveroid Michael Behe. The Discoveroids have posted a few times since then to criticize that review.
Now they’ll have more to blog about because of what we just found at EurekAlert, the online news service of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Their headline is Defending Darwin: Scientists respond to attack on evolution. It’s a copy of this article published by The City University of New York (CUNY). Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Science magazine, the country’s top scientific journal, has taken the rare step of publishing criticism of a new book. The book is called Darwin Devolves, and Science says its author, Michael Behe, is on a “crusade to overturn evolution.”
Oh, how cruel! Then they say:
The magazine invited three biologists, all experts on evolution, to refute Behe. The biologists are John Jay College Professor Nathan H. Lents, a noted researcher on cell and cancer biology, genetics, and forensic science; Washington University Professor S. Joshua Swamidass, a physician-scientist; and Michigan State Professor Richard E. Lenski, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a past MacArthur “genius” fellow.
Bah — a bunch of Darwinists! How could they possibly review the work of Behe, whom EurekAlert describes like this:
Behe, a biochemist, is a leader in the “intelligent design” movement [Ooooooooooooh!], which contends that living organisms are too complex to have evolved on their own. The claim is cited by some as proof that a supernatural force has designed all living things.
Okay, those are the opposing forces. EurekAlert tells us:
Lents and his colleagues discredit Behe in elaborate detail, noting that he’s “selective” in his examples and ignores evidence contradicting his theories. Modern evolutionary theory, the authors write, “provides a coherent set of processes — mutation, recombination, drift, and selection — that can be observed in the laboratory and modeled mathematically and are consistent with the fossil record and comparative genomics.” In contrast, “Behe’s assertion that ‘purposeful design’ comes from an influx of new genetic information cannot be tested through science.”
Darwin Devolves is being released at a time when science in the U.S. is under assault. Unfounded fear of vaccines has led to measles epidemics. Climate change is causing irreversible damage. And the proper teaching of evolutionary science is being undermined by local school boards. By publishing a response to Darwin Devolves in the flagship journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the AAAS is signaling its willingness to call out pseudoscience and defend the facts supported by scientific research.
We have no doubt that the Discoveroids will refer to this as “bullying.” Skipping a bit, here’s how the article ends:
Of course, evolutionary theory has been challenged by non-scientific arguments since Charles Darwin published Origin of the Species in 1859. Darwin Devolves continues this pseudoscientific tradition.
Now the Discoveroids will blog their review of what CUNY said about the review in Science. It’s getting somewhat circular, but it’s jolly good fun.
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