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Friday, December 02, 2005

Ow Ow Ow

I’m working on something that I’ll explain more fully next week (when, I hope, it will be done), but in the course of my work on it I found that sociologist Steve Fuller blurbed Meera Nanda’s 2003 book, Prophets Facing Backward:  Postmodern Critiques of Science and Hindu Nationalism in India by writing,

This first detailed examination of postmodernism’s politically reactionary consequences should serve as a wake-up call for all conscientious leftists.

Right, well, it so happens that I’m down with much of Nanda’s argument myself, as I explain in a bunch of things I’ve been writing lately.  But wait!  This Steve Fuller is that Steve Fuller, the author of Social Epistemology (and much, much more) who showed up in Dover, Pennsylvania this past October to testify that Intelligent Design is a legitimate science and that “the main problem intelligent design theory suffers from at the moment is a paucity of developers.” He also kindly explained to MSNBC that the reason ID has a paucity of developers isn’t that it’s a load of swill or anything:

Fuller said intelligent design hasn’t been extensively promoted in the scientific community because the process by which articles are published in peer-reviewed scientific journals tends to favor established, mainstream approaches.

“It seems to me in many respects the cards are stacked against radical, innovative views getting a fair hearing in science these days,” he said.

Fuller testified earlier that intelligent design is a scientific, not religious, concept because its proponents have used observation to describe biological phenomena. He cited in part the work of Lehigh University biochemistry professor Michael Behe, a leading intelligent design advocate and prior trial witness.

Then, as if all this weren’t bad enough, I find over on The Panda’s Thumb that Fuller came in for a good deal of (thoroughly merited) criticism, and that . . . hold on to your precession of simulacra . . . his testimony was blamed on postmodernism!

My.  Head.  Hurts.  Can someone, anyone out there explain all this to me?  Right now? 

Posted by Michael on 12/02 at 11:02 AM
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