At Thoughts from Kansas, Darwin lobbyist Josh Rosenau tells us, referencing a David Klinghoffer post on 9-11 at Evolution News & Views blog,
It’d hardly be worth noting, if not for the fact that the only 9/11 “truther” I’ve seen pop up on either side of the creationism/evolution blogosphere is Bilbo, formerly of the pro-ID Telic Thoughts blog.
Klinghoffer, it seems, had compared elite Darwin reverence to 9-11 troothing, saying,
David Berlinski dismisses the bulk of professional scholars in the West as “a native conspiracy class. They’ll believe anything. And once they believe something the conspiracy is held very tenaciously.” He’s poking fun and exaggerating. Yet undeniably there’s a paranoiac inclination among many academics.
Which Klinghoffer relates to Darwinism. Which Rosenau denies.
At Telic Thoughts, GUTS responds to Rosenau,
Yes, ID creationist Bilbo was (and still is) a toofer (and we’ve debated on this issue). However, there are toofers on all sides of this debate, such as philosopher James Fetzer, co-editor of the ID critique published in Synthese recently.
Oh? Who knew?
You may recall the news of a few months back that Glenn Branch, deputy director of the Darwin-lobbying National Center for Science Education, had collaborated with 9/11 Truth conspiracist James H. Fetzer in editing a special number of the journal Synthese on “Evolution and Its Rivals.” That issue of the journal became so notorious for the incivility of its contributions that a whole fracas broke out and made the pages of the New York Times.
Readers may remember the Synthese affair, where a philosophy journal disowned certain Darwinist contributions, explicitly for misguided attacks on philosophers.
Much Darwinist writing on the subject of ID folk, like that Synthese item on philosopher Frank Beckwith, does in fact have a conspiratorial ring to it. UD News was just recently going over mail written by pseudo-expert on ID Barbara Forrest (author of one of the implicated Synthese articles). The mail dates back to a decade ago – and the conspiratorial tone is unmistakable even back then. Most likely an individual quirk, augmented by the tendency of the academy in general, as Berlinski notes.
One handy tip for spotting conspiracy theorists: The theorist pays no attention to the six degrees of separation that encompass everyone in the world. That thesis may be false, in the form stated, but it encapsulates a truth: For example, assume your girl cousin was briefly married to a guy who knew the brother of a woman who lived across the street from a guy who turned out to be a serial murderer. So she’s implicated somehow? And so are you?.
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