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Monday, February 19, 2007

Part One of a 200 Part Series - The Discovery Institute's List

Many of us know that the Discovery Institute has published a list of scientists Dissenting from Darwin. There are about 200 people listed, presumably all doubt the idea of evolution by natural selection, or what most of them annoyingly call "Darwinism".

I am going to start a series of posts (possibly a 200-part series!) looking at each of these people and see where they are coming from and if (a) their science or their religion came first and (b) if their ideas are at all credible from their peer's perspective - because I'm a tool and have no scientific credentials. The first on the list is Dr Henry F. Schaefer.

Dr Schaefer's scientific credentials, polar opposite from my own, are quite good. In this case, it seems that the science came first because Dr Schaefer is said to have become a Christian as a young professor of chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley. This shows that the weirdness of religion can affect someone's brain at any stage of intellectual development and s/he will cram in the necessary delusions to make it fit with their current mindset.

We see in Dr Schaefer's current book that he is talking religion, specifically Christianity, and science and whether or not there can be reconciliation. In the table of contents we can see chapter four on The Big Bang, Stephen Hawking, and God, and chapter five on Climbing Mount Improbable: Evolutionary Science or Wishful Thinking?; Isn't a chemist talking about the views of a theoritical physicist and an evolutionary biologist a little bit like a car dealership manager trying to talk knowingly about what a mechanic and a car salesman do on a day to day basis? Yeah, they all deal with cars, but the in's and out's of their jobs are quite different.

Although Dr Schaefer seems very good at what he does (chemistry), he seems to be one of those Christians who steps outside his sphere of expertise and tries to use his position of influence where it has no business being.

5 Barbaric Yawps:

At 19/2/07 12:40 pm, Blogger Paul said...

I didn't like your analogy about the car dealership manager. Isn't it the manager's job to know what his employees are doing on a day to day basis? I would have tried something else: "like a car salesman trying to speak authoritatively about motorcycles, tractor-trailers, and front end loaders. Sure, they're all motor vehicles, but..."

At 19/2/07 12:48 pm, Blogger BigHeathenMike said...

Fair enough. That's a good point.

At 19/2/07 5:02 pm, Blogger King Aardvark said...

It's been said that Chemistry is the science that least deals with questions of origin and purpose. Anyway, as with all scientists who are religious, I'd like to see what evidence convinced him, rather than what he is pushing in a book. Often, the two are completely unrelated.

Btw, how are you attacking the list? Not alphabetically; is it in order of when they signed, or just on a whim or what?

Anyway, I hope you have a lot of time on your hands. Happy hunting!

At 19/2/07 7:02 pm, Blogger BigHeathenMike said...

I'm going through the list in the order they appear on it. Apparently they are listed according to degrees and prestige or something.

Sadly, yeah, I have a lot of free time. You know, to do work I don't get paid for. :)

At 20/2/07 10:23 am, Blogger King Aardvark said...

Funny, I've got a lot of free time to read this while pretending to be doing work that I am paid for. Yay, me.


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