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Brazil picks ID sympathizer as science boffin; science media henhouse in total flap

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The guy heads up a national graduate studies program. Flutter flutter Ska-WAWK!!:

President Jair Bolsonaro’s administration on Saturday named Benedito Guimarães Aguiar Neto to head the agency, known as CAPES. Aguiar Neto, an electrical engineer by training, previously served as the rector of Mackenzie Presbyterian University (MPU), a private religious school here. It advocates the teaching and study of intelligent design (ID), an outgrowth of biblical creationism that argues that life is too complex to have evolved by Darwinian evolution, and so required an intelligent designer.

Researchers are decrying the move. “It is completely illogical to place someone who has promoted actions contrary to scientific consensus in a position to manage programs that are essentially of scientific training,” said evolutionary biologist Antonio Carlos Marques of the University of São Paulo’s Institute of Biosciences.

Herton Escobar, “Brazil’s pick of a creationist to lead its higher education agency rattles scientists” at Science

The guy said pro-ID things at a 2019 event.

Feathers everywhere. 

The event was organized by Discovery Mackenzie, a research center created by MPU in 2017 to mirror the Discovery Institute in Seattle, which also promotes ID.
Herton Escobar, “Brazil’s pick of a creationist to lead its higher education agency rattles scientists” at Science

Look, it’s not a joke. The hens are up on the barn roof now…

No, but seriously. There is no discussion of the guy’s admin skills or anything else that would be directly relevant to his new position.

One thing the anti-Neto noise will do is make a great many Brazilians and others aware of ID who weren’t before.

Anyone remember Marcos Eberlin (mass spectrometry), author of Foresight: How the Chemistry of Life Reveals Planning and Purpose? This could be a trend.

See also: Darwin’s fossils freak out over ID in Brazil

8 Replies to “Brazil picks ID sympathizer as science boffin; science media henhouse in total flap

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    jawa says:

    “ someone who has promoted actions contrary to scientific consensus“

    Shouldn’t it be
    “contrary to pseudoscientific dogmas”?

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    jawa says:

    As Doctor John Lennox has clearly demonstrated, the real conflict is not between God and science but between two irreconcilable opposite worldview positions: atheism and theism.

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    polistra says:

    One small item caught my attention: He was head of a PRESBYTERIAN university. Couldn’t happen here!

    Fits into the broader fact that Christians in South America and Africa are still Christians, even in the “mainline” denominations that have totally surrendered to Satan here in the North.

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    kairosfocus says:

    Someone needs to make sure strawman caricatures and slanders are not established as conventional wisdom standing in for truth.

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    Axel says:

    “It is completely illogical to place someone who has promoted actions contrary to scientific consensus in a position to manage programs that are essentially of scientific training,”
    ‘scientific training’ !
    tee hee tither thither

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    Axel says:

    ‘…. the real conflict is not between God and science but between two irreconcilable opposite worldview positions: atheism and theism.’

    I love insights such as this one, Jawa, which, on the surface, seem banal, but, in reality, are powerful rescuers of the truth, from the falshoods that atheists never tire of peddling, as if they had not been exhaustively exposed as nonsense. !

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    Ed, Sev, Bob,

    When reductionists like yourselves (as above) claim that “ID argues that life is too complex” to have appeared and evolved by unguided causes, exactly what kind of complexity are they talking about? Since each of you has literally spent years here attacking ID, surely you must know what kind of complexity ID proponents are talking about. Surely, you have ID strongest examples which have, in turn, been answered with even stronger responses, right? Let us hear your answers.

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