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August 29, 2005

What the Discovery Institute is really up to

It continues to amaze me that so many in the mainstream media (hi guys!) are covering the Intelligent Design mouthbreathers as legitimate news or science, when in fact it's just an extremist PR strategy.  Don't believe me?  Take their own words for it -- read the Discovery Institute's 1998 strategy memo entitled The Wedge Strategy.  They were foollish enough to let it circulate.

The social consequences of materialism have been devastating. As symptoms, those consequences are certainly worth treating. However, we are convinced that in order to defeat materialism, we must cut it off at its source. That source is scientific materialism. This is precisely our strategy. If we view the predominant materialistic science as a giant tree, our strategy is intended to function as a "wedge" that, while relatively small, can split the trunk when applied at its weakest points. The very beginning of this strategy, the "thin edge of the wedge," was Phillip ]ohnson's critique of Darwinism begun in 1991 in Darwinism on Trial, and continued in Reason in the Balance and Defeatng Darwinism by Opening Minds. Michael Behe's highly successful Darwin's Black Box followed Johnson's work. We are building on this momentum, broadening the wedge with a positive scientific alternative to materialistic scientific theories, which has come to be called the theory of intelligent design (ID). Design theory promises to reverse the stifling dominance of the materialist worldview, and to replace it with a science consonant with Christian and theistic convictions.

Let's translate: "We want the mullahs to decide what science is." 

Posted by Jon Stahl on August 29, 2005 at 10:43 PM in Strategery | Permalink


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