I am currently reading New Zealand journalist Suzan Mazur’s excellent Altenberg 16, which, among other things, gives you a good look at the underbelly of the Darwin racket.
For example, at the Rockefeller University Evolution Symposium (May 2009), Mazur, who has interviewed a number of prominent scientists who think that self-organization is one form of evolution, asked Eugenie Scott of NCSE (the Darwin lobby) why self-organization was not represented in the books that NCSE was promoting.
She responded that people confuse self-organization with intelligent design and that is why NCSE has not been supportive. (P. 101)
But later, NCSE responded “NCSE does not recommend specific textbook publishers to ensure that their treatment evolution is extensive, pervasive, and up-to-date, and we oppose the use of textbooks that treat creationism as scientifically credible.” (Mazur, p. 254).
I know which one of the two statements I believe.
But if the self-organization guys belong to Darwin lobby groups like NCSE and make noises in their defense, there is not much anyone can do but pity them.
Mazur’s is one of those books, like Edge of Evolution, of which I tend to say, read it or don’t, but if you don’t, never pontificate to me again in defense of the Darwin racket, let alone the Jesus-for-Darwin racket.