Now ID is a Cult, Too

Via Pharyngula: Bruce Chapman clarifies why there is no open ID research program – it’s all the fault of these pesky Darwinists.

I keep getting asked about the scientific research projects underway that relate to Darwinism and intelligent design. So why aren’t we talking more about them publicly? For several good reasons:

The most important is that the Darwinist establishment would like nothing better than to “out” research programs before they are finished. The idea is to shut down damaging evidence as early as possible. Strangle the infant in the crib. Demand answers now to questions still being explored.

Real scientists have managed to have coherent research programs and publish in peer-reviewed journals even when they had to face an uphill battle against a wrong establishment. ID proponents have yet to publish a single peer-reviewed article, two papers that were shoddily refereed and published in unknown journals notwithstanding.

Science is an open process; even scientists whose results are not finished report research progress to their colleagues and granting agencies. Mathematicians let the world know what they’re trying to prove; biologists and physicists let the world know what they’re trying to establish by experiment.

In contrast, ID is a cult. Bruce Chapman’s statement that,

As for foes and critics who pester us for information about research now underway and who insinuate that, unless we oblige them, we must accept their opinion that such research is not happening, we owe them nothing.

exhibits a level of insanity I usually don’t even see in the most radical corners of the blogosphere. Einstein didn’t brush Mach off by saying he owed him nothing; Pauli didn’t brush the classical physicists off; Gould concentrated on establishing an evolutionary developmental biology research program instead of whining ad nauseam about the evils of the gene-centric theory.

If Chapman is trying to make ID look like scientology, with beliefs nobody is supposed to know and a secretive structure you can get sued for talking about, he’s certainly succeeding.

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