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Intelligent design has… sexual politics?

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According to Sharon Woodhill, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Mount Saint Vincent University (Nova Scotia, Canada) at Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (Summer 2016)

The Sexual Politics of Intelligent Design

Abstract: Intelligent design is creationism for the twenty-first century. It is the view that the natural world is best explained as the product of an intentional intelligent agent rather than undirected natural forces. Although there has been much ado about its scientific status, beyond the scientific face of intelligent design is a dense discourse that brings a compelling aspect into full relief. Intelligent design is a political movement that embodies aggressive and regressive sexual politics. This article suggests that, motivated by the belief that evolutionary thought has spurred moral decay, intelligent-design advocates have compiled a sophisticated critique of science in general and evolutionary science specifically, and they have proposed intelligent design as an alternative. This critique of science is comparable to some feminist critiques that challenge traditional definitions of science as an unbiased arbiter of truth. Both camps highlight and challenge the ways in which social values infiltrate scientific knowledge, and both seek to instantiate political values into the scientific enterprise as a means of redressing problematic politics and ultimately improving science. It would be a mistake, however, to position feminism and intelligent design as natural allies. When intelligent design is examined more broadly, one finds a set of sexual politics that are antithetical to feminist politics but similar to the politics that feminists have identified in mainstream science. It would also be a mistake to presume that feminism and intelligent design are equal counterparts in the bid to inject ethical parameters into scientific endeavors. Proponents of intelligent design argue that natural law (as defined within intelligent-design discourse) determines the limits of morality, which can be discerned by noting what “works” and what does not. With this, its own criterion, intelligent design fails to substantiate the regressive sexual politics it attempts to rationalize. By extension, the intelligent-design movement itself warrants resistance. (paywall) More.

<em>Teapot</em> Cobalt Blue There is a massive intergenerational transfer of wealth going on in Canada, as grandparents spend their grandchildren’s inheritance on fashionable drivel. So don’t be surprised if this stuff was publicly funded. The author needn’t know anything about the issues around ID; that would be a handicap to her thesis.

Of greater concern should be

This article suggests that, motivated by the belief that evolutionary thought has spurred moral decay, intelligent-design advocates have compiled a sophisticated critique of science in general and evolutionary science specifically, and they have proposed intelligent design as an alternative. This critique of science is comparable to some feminist critiques that challenge traditional definitions of science as an unbiased arbiter of truth.

Oh yes, of course. Those feminist critiques. Objectivity is now sexist. We need more post-fact science to help women succeed. Because, heck, otherwise…

No, ID won’t help them and certainly isn’t trying.

Note: Not referencing anyone in particular, but one can’t help wondering whether some people would know a sexually charged situation if they saw it. 😉

See also: Objectivity is sexist.

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13 Replies to “Intelligent design has… sexual politics?

  1. 1
    LocalMinimum says:

    Soooooo, they’re accusing ID of being scientific…thanks? They’re also accusing it of being naturalistic? Well now, that’s different.

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    kairosfocus says:

    So soon as there is a conflation of ID and Creationism, credibility walked out the door. More agit prop, no true substance. KF

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    bFast says:

    “There is a massive intergenerational transfer of wealth going on in Canada, as grandparents spend their grandchildren’s inheritance on fashionable drivel” Um, I assume that is a blending of Canada’s more socialistic government and our debt.

    However, if the grandparents are spending their grandkids inheritance badly in Canada, they are doing much more so in the USA. We have about 1/2 the national debt per capita that you have, and until our most recent government, were running a blanced budget. Y’all aren’t spending it on fashionable drivel as we are, but you’re spending it on the mighty war machine and the most expensive medical system anywhere (though not the best.)

    Just sayin’

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    News says:

    bFast at 3, as a Canadian, I prefer not to pay taxes for drivel but am only one vote. I did not know we had a massive war machine here. Can you explain?

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    groovamos says:

    bfast, (just sayin’) you’re spending it on the mighty war machine and the most expensive medical system anywhere (though not the best.)

    It seems bfast doesn’t understand that the reserve currency status of the U.S. dollar pays entirely for the U.S. military and then some. Economists estimates of the direct benefit to the economy as around $300 billion more or less. Then there is the expansion of the money supply that the Fed is able to get away with without terrible inflation, due to the worldwide demand for dollars. So the total economic benefit is more than the cost of the U.S. military and bfast gets to benefit too as the world sea lanes are kept relatively safe for commerce. Sorry bfast you lose this one. Reserve currency status can never be achieved by a country with a pipsqueak military like Canada.

    But Canada does benefit enormously from the drugs developed in the U.S. and government price controls up there mean we in the U.S. subsidize your drugs due to the prices we pay. Your prices do not pay any towards development costs.

    Oh and BTW your world-class health-care system apparently is characterized by an 18 week AVERAGE wait time for specialized care, and 22 weeks in Alberta. Here in the U. S. you can get same day service for some situations, and a wait of days for cataract surgery. Go ahead and brag if you like here is the skinny: http://www.edmontonsun.com/201.....istressing

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    News says:

    Just to clarify, guys, the treatise on “objectivity is sexist!” vs. ID in the OP originated in Canada. Canadians like me pay taxes for health care and for masses of pretend-science drivel, but I am quite certain we do not pay for a massive war machine.

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    55rebel says:

    “I did not know we had a massive war machine here. Can you explain?”

    News, If you are asking from the perspective of an US inhabitant, we’re only the premier superpower in the “world” (manmade obviously), with like 170 some-odd military bases stationed around the world–at last I heard; Please, do correct me if I’m wrong (thanks). We also spend billions more on military hardware, and the manpower to manage, than any other country in the world. What more evidence for…, do you need? LOL!

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    rvb8 says:

    Yes groovamos,

    the US develops all the drugs in the world and socialist coutries like Britain, the entire EU, Canada, NZ, and Australia, rip off US taxpayers by not paying a fair price for these (in those countries), public health subsidised products.

    Of course Glaxo/Smith/Kline (UK), is pretty damn innovative, creative, and huge. Novartis (Swiss), has been known to invent the odd useful pill. Hoffman-La Roche (Swiss), come up with bright ideas, Sanofi (France) are no slugs, and Chugai (Japan) have some ideas too.

    The US health care system has been improved, and voters have told Republican law makers to get the hell away from the ACA, which they duly did.

    Please don’t comment on health care systems infinately more humane and egalitarian, and socialised, than your mess, unless it is ‘informed’ criticism. Republican, Fox News, ‘death committee’, abortuary, silliness is just plain childisn ranting.

    As to the post; the language used by these feminists is painful, and reminds me of the Sokal affair. It also reminds me of many Kairos and other IDer posts; so vague, and deliberately jargon laden that anything but clarity is the goal. Another reason I like good science writing, Shubin, Coyne, Dawkins etc; clarity!

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    Armand Jacks says:

    News:

    bFast at 3, as a Canadian, I prefer not to pay taxes for drivel but am only one vote.

    And as a Canadian, I prefer not to pay taxes to support religions and churches.

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    groovamos says:

    rvb: the US develops all the drugs in the world and socialist coutries like Britain, the entire EU, Canada, NZ, and Australia, rip off US taxpayers by not paying a fair price for these (in those countries), public health subsidised products.

    What does that drivel have to do with anything? There are even Canadian researchers creating drugs in laboratories up there, but seems like you maybe don’t know. Guess what – U.S. consumers pay way more for those Canadian-developed drugs than Canadians do, so that the research actually gets done. That’s the drawback to a slightly more free economy like we have, foreign socialist governments can take advantage of us with their price controls. Maybe we should just all lay down and take it from the government that you want.

    But guess what – the people aren’t laying down and taking it, even leftist young people who voted Alinskyite into office. Why you say? It turns out that said young people are not paying that “penalty” or “tax”, if there were a difference, that leftists think a person should pay just for being alive, but themselves maybe not hee hee. So much so that the IRS doesn’t even bother to sue for it from anybody. Yeah there’s an Obamacare provision working great and having to spike the deficit hugely as a result.

    But yours truly — I was without “insurance” for a while (I can easily self-insure) and I paid it.

    BTW rvb you were complaining about the lack of scientific discussion on here, so why the sudden interest in social commentary?

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    Armand Jacks says:

    G:

    Oh and BTW your world-class health-care system apparently is characterized by an 18 week AVERAGE wait time for specialized care, and 22 weeks in Alberta. Here in the U. S. you can get same day service for some situations, and a wait of days for cataract surgery. Go ahead and brag if you like here is the skinny

    There are definitely problems with our healthcare system but very few Canadians would be willing to trade it for the US system. no medical bills. A quality of doctors and nurses second to no country. Nobody loses their house due to medical bills. 18 week paid maternity leave.

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    groovamos says:

    Jack: There are definitely problems with our healthcare system

    Boy is that saying the least. Waiting half a year to see a surgeon for a knee replacement. Then who knows how long before it actually happens. BTW problems can be solved or can have solutions applied. So-called “problems” that cannot be solved are called ‘features’. Government medicine thus has no problems, it exists because people are willing to live with its features.

    but very few Canadians would be willing to trade it for the US system.

    Yeah I get it, free stuff hee hee. It is just so, so ah – addicting.

    A quality of doctors and nurses second to no country.

    Well I would think no better than here because M.D.’s from there immigrate here – one whole med school’s worth (before obamacare). In recent years maybe fewer – but still, professionals as a rule don’t like bureaucrats making treatment decisions. Maybe YOU do. Good luck with that.

    18 week paid maternity leave.

    Oh hallelujah coercive government smacking down startups, and the employment prospects for fertile women. Oh but you say, There is a government solution for that – huge fines for small companies taking into consideration the cost of that 18 week “generosity”; problem solved. So—

    Please point to me the world famous innovative Canadian companies, if you would, I know there are a couple, you know as famous as Samsung, LG, Kia and Hyundai in Korea. I’m sure there are plenty of reasons entrepreneurs and engineers are flocking to Canada.

    Oh BTW sorry about that Blackberry getting squushed, Canada’s one greatest stab at high tech.

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    Armand Jacks says:

    G:

    Boy is that saying the least. Waiting half a year to see a surgeon for a knee replacement. Then who knows how long before it actually happens.

    The wait time for elective surgery is the biggest problem. Emergency care is second to none.

    Yeah I get it, free stuff hee hee. It is just so, so ah – addicting.

    Who said it was free. You really have no understanding of the Canadian system, do you?

    Well I would think no better than here because M.D.’s from there immigrate here…

    And just as many come north. Your point?

    Oh hallelujah coercive government smacking down startups, and the employment prospects for fertile women. Oh but you say, There is a government solution for that – huge fines for small companies taking into consideration the cost of that 18 week “generosity”; problem solved. So—

    You do realize that companies don’t pay for maternity leave. And are you suggesting that a woman’s job shouldn’t be protected if she has a child? How 18th century of you.

    Please point to me the world famous innovative Canadian companies, if you would, I know there are a couple, you know as famous as Samsung, LG, Kia and Hyundai in Korea. I’m sure there are plenty of reasons entrepreneurs and engineers are flocking to Canada.

    RIM, the company that invented the smart phone. Not a bad pedigree. Insulin. Pacemaker. Electric range. Basketball. Hockey. Captain Kirk.

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