Joined: June 2006
Way back in 1999, Dr. Dr. Dembski was awarded a $100,000 grant by the Templeton Foundation to write a book to be called Being as Communion: The Science and Metaphysics of Information. After publishing No Free Lunch in 2002, Dembski asked the foundation for a second installment of the grant, but was told that NFL didn't meet the expectations of his original grant application. You can read about it here from an authoritative source. Dembski still hasn't produced the book.
The reason I bring this up is that last December I found myself looking at Dembski's CV on the Southwestern Babble School website and noticed that he made reference to the book as "Under contract with Ashgate Publishers..."
I sent an e-mail message to Dr. Dr. in December of '07 asking him when we might expect the book to be published. His response in full was:
|It'll be a while. Stay tuned. --WmAD|
Not satisfied with that slippery response, I queried the publisher and received this response:
|The title "Being as Communion" is not yet published. It will be published in both a paperback edition & cloth edition. The title has an anticipated publication date of June 2008.|
So I waited. In cleaning out my mailbox I ran across the e-mails, and since it was now July of 2008, I went looking for the book to no avail. Once again the publisher was queried, and today I got this in response:
|Dear Mr. Wynne:|
Thank you for your e-mail.
I have checked our database & learned that this title has been pushed back. It now has an anticipated publication date of December 2009.
I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Like Paul Nelson's greatly anticipated Ontogenetic Depth monograph, it must be a helluva book. Only Nelson hasn't accepted grant money in support of his prevarications, as far as I know.
Evolution is not about laws but about randomness on happanchance.--Robert Byers, at PT