Joined: Dec. 2007
In the Has the American Scientific Affiliation Spurned ID? thread, Dembski tells about his almost acceptance as a Fellow of the ASA:
|Walter Bradley contacted me in January or February of 2006, asking me to collect a CV and other supporting materials to propose me as fellow of the ASA. He didn’t spell out a strict deadline, so I sent the supporting materials in, as it turned out, two weeks late. Unfortunately, the deadline was strict and my nomination was put in cold storage — at least so I understood from Walter, who indicated that my nomination would be delayed a year. All the materials were in place to confirm my nomination — so Walter gave me to understand. And yet I was never ratified as a fellow, not the following year, not the three additional years that I still remained an ASA member. |
So Dembski blew becoming a Fellow of the ASA in 2006 because of his own TARDiness (sorry). Then they didn't pick him in 2007, 2008, 2009 or 2010. I wonder if anything happened in Dr. Dr. Dembski's life around that time that might make a fairly serious religious-scientific organization not want him as a member?
Well, let's see. If he was asked to become a member in January or February 2006, but missed a deadline for submitting his materials, then the ASA probably considered new candidates sometime in the summer or fall of 2006. So could Dembski possibly have done anything before the summer or fall of 2007 to change the ASA's mind about wanting to get all collegial with him?
Well, in the summer of 2007, Dembski and Baylor University Professor Robert Marks started the Evolutionary Informatics Lab at Baylor University, apparently without bothering to tell anybody in the Baylor administration about it. Baylor authorities found out they were hosting a brand new ID center when Marks posted its web site on a Baylor server. (If I remember right, Dembski was brought on as the World's Oldest Post-Doc because he was persona-non-grata at Baylor after he blew up in his typical childish way over the Polanyi Center.)
Baylor deleted the web site as soon as they say "Dembski" on it. After some world class whining on Dembski and Mark's part, they eventually offered to host it again provided it had a disclaimer making it clear that the work did not represent the university's position. Well, William A. Dembski, BA, MS, MS, MS, PhD, PhD was not going to take an insult like that laying down! Let's let Dr. Dr. Bill tell us how he handled that: (from his public Notpology)
|Nonetheless, on this blog I went too far in trying to hold up the Baylor administration’s actions to the light of day. I let it get personal and went over the edge in three things: (1) posting a parody letter attributed to Baylor President Lilley; (2) posting contact information for the Baylor Board of Regents in an effort to apply pressure to the Baylor administration; (3) posting an exchange between Peter Irons and John Lilley largely for the purpose of embarassing both.|
By "posting contact information for the Baylor Board of Regents", Dr. Dr. Dembski means that he published the names, home telephone numbers and personal email addresses of the entire Baylor Board of Regents on that haven of erudition, politeness and restraint, Uncommon Descent. I leave it to your imaginations what the next few weeks must have been like for the members of the Board.
Any ordinary fuck-up would have contented himself with just writing a parody letter in the name of the President of the university and putting it on line or publishing some of that President's private correspondence, but Dr. Dr. Dembski is no ordinary person and instead he redefined the whole idea of academic crazy.
And he apparently still hasn't figured out why anybody with enough sanity to wear their underwear on the inside doesn't want to invite him to join their organization.
...after reviewing the arguments, Iâ€™m inclined to believe that the critics of ENCODEâ€™s bold claim were mostly right, and that the proportion of our genome which is functional is probably between 10 and 20%. --Vincent Torley, uncommondescent.com 1/1/2016