Joined: Jan. 2008
|Quote (Doc Bill @ Feb. 13 2009,23:49)|
|My favorite DI Moment of all time was when Mark Ryland from the DI's Washington, D.C. office was on a panel with Richard Thompson who defended the school board in Kitzmiller.|
Thompson made a comment that the DI added fuel to the Dover fire by advocating teaching ID in the public school.
Then Ryland said no, no no! The DI has NEVER advocated teaching ID in the public school.
THEN Thompson pulled out a document that the DI used to have on their website titled something like "How to Teach Intelligent Design and Avoid Constitutional Entanglements - A Teacher's Guide" and waved it in Ryland's face.
Now, remember, these guys are on the SAME SIDE! It was hilarious. Ryland shut up fast and Thompson was furious enough to launch into a tirade about how the DI pulled out of the case and what assholes they were. (Poetic license at work here, but you get the picture.)
Soon after that Ryland left the DI to "pursue other interests" as they say.
Busted, I say!
I found this little tale about Ryland at The Institute for the Study of Nature homepage:
|In the early 1990s Mark became interested in the modern debate over evolution theory, finding merit in modern critiques of the standard (selectionist) understanding of neo-Darwinism. This interest led him to collaborate for a time with the Discovery Institute, a center of gravity for both critics of neo-Darwinism (a broader group, many of whom have no opinion on an alternative explanation for biological evolution) as well as proponents of "intelligent design theory" or "IDT" (who purport to provide an alternative explanation). Eventually he became convinced that IDT was not a real alternative, and he also grew tired of the narrow perspectives and endless bickering that characterize the modern debate about evolution. [...]|
See, he wasn't busted. He grew tired of the bickering. And
which is why he co-founded the ISN.
|He also discovered that there is a pressing need for the re-development of an explicitly philosophical, classically informed, and non-reductionist approach to nature, synthesizing the wisdom of the ancients with the insights and capabilities of modern scientific ideas and methods.|
Now you know...
"Random mutations, if they are truly random, will affect, and potentially damage, any aspect of the organism, [...]
Thus, a realistic [computer] simulation [of evolution] would allow the program, OS, and hardware to be affected in a random fashion." GilDodgen, Frilly shirt owner