Thursday, May 24, 2007


The Company We Keep

Only a searcher for truth like DaveScot, the intelligent design advocate who posts on William Dembski's Uncommon Descent blog, could take this from a Chronicle of Higher Education article by Richard Monastersky on the denial of tenure to ID astronomer to the stars Guillermo Gonzalez:
At first glance, it seems like a clear-cut case of discrimination.
And turn it into a headline like this:

The Chronicle says of Gonzalez “a clear case of discrimination”

This sort of crude, one might even say transparent quote mining is emblematic of the intelligent design movement of which DaveScot and Guillermo Gonzalez are a part.

Red State Rabble knows nothing more about the facts of Gonzalez' tenure review than what we've read in the papers. We don't know what factors were considered by Gonzalez' tenure committee, but we'd be surprised if integrity wasn't an issue.

In a very real sense we're all known by the company we keep. Gonzalez has consciously allied himself with people such as DaveScot for whom intellectual dishonesty and laziness are de rigeur.

Intellectual honesty is the foundation stone of scholarly debate. The intelligent design movement, in which Gonzalez and DaveScot are allied, has rudely shoved the stone that supports the whole structure aside imperiling the whole structure. Perhaps that's reason enough to deny the man tenure.


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