So, you may or may not be aware of the latest âchallengeâ to evolutionary theoryâDI Fellow Jonathan Wellsâ new book, âThe Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design.â Following in the footsteps of Tom Bethellâs âPolitically Incorrect Guide to Scienceâ (whose terrible chapter on AIDS I reviewed here), the book is just all shades of terrible. (As has been pointed out by many others whoâve read books in the âPolitically Incorrectâ series, they should just drop the pretense of âPoliticallyââsimply âIncorrectâ sums them up much better). Iâll have a more comprehensive review of one of Wellsâ chapters (discussing, essentially, how evolution plays no role in medicine, antibiotic resistance, etc.) next week some time, and youâll be seeing others pop up as well (see this post for the collected links), but for today I want to focus on a small part of the final chapter (titled âScientific Revolutionâ. Yeah, go ahead and snicker).
You probably remember Forest Mims III. He was the other party in the âEric Pianka advocates genocideâ saga. (See also here and here to remind yourself of the absurdity of the whole situation). Mims is a creationist and another Discovery Institute Fellow, and an amateur scientist. According to Wells, heâs made a bizarre claim: that the fact that influenza viruses havenât evolved resistance to UV light is evidence for design. I thought that Casey Luskinâs piece on intelligent design and flu was as bad as it gets, but I think this is a toss-up; you just canât make this stuff up.
(Continued at Aetiology)