Monday, August 28, 2006

The Clearly Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design

Most people will have seen it already, but at the Panda's Thumb we're doing a chapter by chapter review of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design, authored by Discovery Insitute hack Jonathan Wells. Frankly, I don't think they do themselves any favors by publishing in this series, which has earned itself such a poor reputation that even conservatives have lamblasted it. But there's no such thing as being too much of a rabid, frothing-at-the-mouth reactionary for the Discovery Institute. Remember, these were the people who bragged about providing Ann Coulter with source material for her latest piece of garbage. And their main source of funding is a guy who literally wants to instill a theocracy in America.

As for Wells' book, you really need to read no further than the title to know what you're dealing with. As I pointed out in a post earlier this year, the term "Darwinism" is beloved by creationists, but almost never used by practicing scientists. However, Wells uses the word "Darwinist" constantly in his book, even in cases where it's grammatically improper.

But read further we have, painful as it is. So far there are reviews to chapters one, three, and nine. We'll hit 'em all before we're done. Somehow, I got roped into doing chapter 13, so keep an eye out. If the 'Thumb isn't ready for it by the time I finish it, you can check in here to get a sneak preview.