Creationist credentialing redux
Creationists have long used credentials to make their case for them. Demsbki has posted a link to a SSRN (i.e. grey literature) paper by Edward Sisson (who is an architect and lawyer) in which he “relates lessons learned not only about evolution, molecular biology, and ‘intelligent design,’ but also about the accumulated ‘bad habits’ that have developed and encrusted the conduct of science in the 130 years since the foundation of the research-oriented universities in the 1870s.” It’s actually an address to architecture students, but I guess by the standards of ID literature it counts as a research paper. And why should we take Sisson’s views seriously? Let’s allow he tell us himself:
So, in sum: I have an MIT bachelor of science (graduating with a 4.6 out of 5.0 possible GPA), as well as a law degree magna cum laude. One of my brothers has an MIT Ph.D. in science. My other brother has a masters degree in engineering. My father has a bachelor of science and was in the top 2% of his class, as well as a masters degree in political science. Both of my grandfathers had bachelor-of-science degrees, and one a graduate engineering degree as well. One of my great-uncles had a bachelor of science and led a government research laboratory, affiliated with the University of Wisconsin, for more than 20 years; one of my great-great uncles not only had an MIT bachelor of science, he served on the board of MIT, and is honored today at NC State for his leadership role in founding a scientific and technical school in North Carolina (which became NC State). Two of my four great-grandfathers had bachelor-of-science degrees; one of them was a professor at UC Berkeley for many years, the other a key member of the groundbreaking Johns Hopkins’ Chesapeake Zoological Laboratory. The other two great-grandfathers were a long-time U.S. congressman and a career Ambassador to the US; both had law degrees. A great-great grandfather spent 20 years with what is now NOAA, the last 7 of those as the agency head; a great-great-great-great grandfather helped found the original professional medical societies of both Maryland and the District of Columbia, was the first President of the DC medical society, and was a trustee of what is now George Washington University; a great-great-great-great uncle was a Professor of Pharmacology at the medical school of that same George Washington University.
Thus my heritage going back many generations is uniformly a heritage of secular higher education, usually in science and engineering. It is this deep, broad background in science, combined with my own credentialed accomplishments in diverse fields, that gives me the self-confidence not to be intimidated by the emotional attacks of the transitory majority of the day – whether in science, or in the law, or in the arts.
Wow. Argumentum ad genelogicum. My dad was an engineer (as are many in my family) … maybe I should design airplanes.
that Darwin, because his theory enabled scientists of all fields to claim that religion was inaccurate and useless are regards the natural world, tempted science into a diversion of massive proportions, into almost two centuries of wasted effort, and that science needs to return to the point at which it stood when Buffon postulated that yes, species in nature can vary from one generation to the next, but only within the limits permitted by the “interior mold.”
Indeed. And there are 60+ pages of this.