Back in 1994, at an ID symposium at Cambridge, I recall Arthur Peacocke getting up and sneering that “design is an American thing.” Some years later Stephen Jay Gould would comfort himself with the thought that “creationism” (a catch-all for him that included ID) was largely confined to these United States. In fact, ID has been going international for some time now. I, for one, am in touch with ID enthusiasts from all continents except Antarctica. Here is an edited note from a colleague in Brazil (he refers to the BAAS — Brazilian Association for the Advancement of Science — in deference to his American readers; it is in fact the SBPC — Sociedade Brasileira para o Progresso da Ciencia; don’t hold your breath that our AAAS will follow suit):
Subject Header: ID gets prime time in Brazil
A small band of Brazilian IDers is proud to announce that the BAAS published our response: “A Tarefa Ingrata de Limpar ‘Conveses’ de um Paradigma em Crise” — The Unpleasant Task of Cleaning Up Decks of a Paradigm in Crisis — three days in a row! For those on this list able to read in Spanish or Portuguese, take a look at:
What are the lessons that we have learned from this? Even in places like BAAS there are people (the editor!) willing to hear and to publish our views….