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How involved in politics should scientists be? What factors are important when it comes to making that decision?

For some of us, the answer to that comes fairly easily. One or two of us managed to evade the stereotype of the scientist-of-the-future, and caught the involvement bug because we were popular enough to win a role in student government early in our lives. A few of us were caught in a different stereotype - the children of the flower children - and have never known what it is like to not be involved in political causes. A bunch of scientists are just plain incapable of keeping their noses out of anything they bump into, whether it directly involves science or not.

The decision is harder for others. There are a few scientists who really do have an ivory tower mindset, and actively try to avoid anything that smacks of politics. Many put so many hours into their science that they don’t have any to spare for politics. More are apathetic to politics, or disillusioned, or simply unaware of the issues.

Both the involved and uninvolved should read a new article in PLoS Biology. The article, “Scientific Illiteracy and the Partisan Takeover of Biology,” provides some reasons to get more involved in the political process and some hints as to where the efforts of scientists might most effectively be focused.

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As I have long noted, it is crucially important to understand that the ID/evolution fight is NOT a scientific fight, and it’s not even really a religious fight. It is a POLITICAL fight. The IDers themselves clearly state that their goal is to eliminate “materialism” and to make their own theocracy reign supreme in every area — science, law, even art:

Discovery Institute’s Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture seeks nothing less than the overthrow of materialism and its cultural legacies. Bringing together leading scholars from the natural sciences and those from the humanities and social sciences, the Center explores how new developments in biology, physics and cognitive science raise serious doubts about scientific materialism and have re-opened the case for a broadly theistic understanding of nature.

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.

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.

Governing Goals

* To defeat scientific materialism and its destructive moral, cultural and political legacies.

* To replace materialistic explanations with the theistic understanding that nature and hurnan beings are created by God.

Twenty Year Goals

* To see intelligent design theory as the dominant perspective in science.

* To see design theory application in specific fields, including molecular biology, biochemistry, paleontology, physics and cosmology in the natural sciences, psychology, ethics, politics, theology and philosophy in the humanities; to see its influence in the fine arts.

* To see design theory permeate our religious, cultural, moral and political life.

This is not a fight over “evolution”. It is not a fight over “science”. It is not even a fight about “religion”. It is all about political power, who gets to have it, and what they get to do with it once they get it. What the fundies want is, literally, a theocracy (with themselves as “theo”).

There can be no “compromise” with them. There can be no “dialogue” with them. There can be no “let’s work things out” with them. Their aim, quite literally, is to destroy “materialism”. All of it.

Time to get your hands dirty.

With regard to your comment about “destroying materialism” Lenny, I see the annual TBN Praise-a-thon is on at the moment. A lot of what I witness of this event on TV, in my opinion, is morally corrupt. Certainly the Crouches and co. don’t seem to be practicing this concept (ie destroying materialism !)

With regard to your comment about “destroying materialism” Lenny, I see the annual TBN Praise-a-thon is on at the moment. A lot of what I witness of this event on TV, in my opinion, is morally corrupt. Certainly the Crouches and co. don’t seem to be practicing this concept (ie destroying materialism !)

Well, they are referring to destroying *philosophical* materialism – the idea that there is no god or gods.

They are all enthusiastically in favor of *economic* materialism. Indeed, many of them try to suck as much money as they can out of little old ladies’ Social Security checks.

As an aside, I found it interesting when Discovery Institute attempted to pooh-pooh the Wedge Document as just a “fundraising proposal”. What makes it interesting is the simple fact that most of DI’s money comes from just ONE PERSON – Howie Ahmanson – and any fundraising proposal on DI’s part would, of necessity, be directed almost solely at Howie. If indeed the Wedge Document was aimed specifically at enticing him to open his checkbook, then it is immediately apparent why the document is so heavily loaded with all sorts of Reconstructionist concepts, goals, and code words.

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