Because the Templeton Foundation is a sponsor:
As Darwin’s man Jerry “Why Evolution Is True” Coyne tells it,
Once again the World Science Festival (WSF) will take place in New York City in May, the brainchild of Brian Greene and Tracy Day. Let me begin by affirming that I’m all in favor of the Festival as a way to excite the public about science. Greene and Day have put enormous effort into this event, which has been a live affair, and a successful one, since 2008.
But there’s a fly in the ointment: one of the big sponsors of the WSF is the John Templeton Foundation (JTF), which was also one of its founding benefactors. This is shown on the 2015 Festival Website:
Templeton has done its best to pretend there is no design in nature, but that is not enough for many of Darwin’s followers. Templeton folk aren’t even allowed to sort of accept the possibility of something like the god(s) of Churches No One Goes To Any More.
As a courtesy, I informed Dan and my other friends mentioned here that I was going to put up this post, but Dan had already decided to withdraw from the World Science Festival because of Templeton funding. Kudos to him! More.
There is now pressure to force Darwinian cognitive psychologist Steve Pinker to withdraw.
That is what intellectual freedom means in a progressive world. The whole post and the comments are worth reading, for what they tell us on that score.
The irony is that, slowly but surely, the Darwinism these people live for and swear by is coming unglued. See for example, New origin theory for cells that gave rise to vertebrates: If the neural crest cells did not have to evolve, but rather the “incredible properties” were there all along, is that not an argument for design in nature?
Blather for Darwin now imperfectly conceals the fact that many bright lights do not believe in him any more. The fourth rate high school science teacher, the soon-to-be-retired Darwin prof, and Zack Kopplin still believe of course.
But soon no one will bother asking the Darwin profs to come to a science festival. Both sides should then be happy. Right?
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