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Saturday, February 17, 2007

William F Buckley Weighs in on Science

National Review conservative pundit and self-appointed expert in science, William F. Buckley lashed out against evolution and in support of intelligent design. Buckley tells us that he is an expert on the subject because he hosted a 2 hour firing line debate back in the 1990's.
Buckley takes the usual anti-evolution tactic which attempts to paint evolution as a dogmatic belief that squelches alternative views. If Buckley understood science as well as he has mastered the English language, he would realize that the dogmatic appearance of evolutionary biology is an illusion. Good science does not persist because its adherents blindly follow along. Evolution appears dogmatic simply because it has defeated any and all challenges that science has thrown at it. Buckley buys into the aged intelligent design argument and fails to realize that there is nothing really new nor nothing really scientific about intelligent design. Don't believe me? Read the article, there is no scientific argument made. He holds forth Phillip Johnson as his casus belli in support of the ID argument.
Those who claim that Intelligent Design is not part of a conservative political and theocratic movement might want to consider just who exactly are advocating for their position. Buckley is a religious political conservative who apparently does not understand the scientific arguments underlying evolutionary biology, but knows quite well how to politically support the movement.
Sadly, many ill-informed Americans will buy into the eloquent verbiage of William Buckley and think that science is about stifling any competitors.


Joe Meert


At 11:31 AM, Blogger dogscratcher said...

Buckley's command of language is amazing. His command of "facts" does not seem to match.

At 10:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is indeed something profound about Phillip Johnson, but surely it's his misunderstanding.

At 10:48 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

No, I think you meant 'deeply profound'.


Joe Meert

At 11:32 PM, Blogger hipparchia said...

we're all chordates here, mike.

quite a lineup at that debate: on the creation side we have a writer, a management consultant, a lawyer, and behe [who calls himself a biochemist, but probably shouldn't] squaring off against against the darwinian team of a lawyer/minister, an anthropologist, and two biologists.

i don't know for sure, but i'd be willing to bet that there are more darwinian lawyers than there are creationist scientists.

anyway, i appreciate your reassurance about eric. still, i'll be keeping an eye on dinosaur adventure land.


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