Recently, Cancel Culture let an ID-friendly paper slip through the cracks and now, under pressure from Retraction Watch, all three editors claim that they didn’t know that the paper was ID-friendly (= that they were somehow misled):
The authors of the article, Steinar Thorvaldsen and Ola Hössjer, are being turned into the fall guys here. They produced an article that, given the restrained way of writing that’s characteristic of scientific journals, couldn’t be clearer in its objective but favorable treatment of what it also calls, in the final words of the final sentence, “Design Science.” Right, they even put it in italics for you, so you can’t miss the point.
Now the three co-Chief Editors — Denise Kirschner, Mark Chaplain, and Akira Sasaki — insinuate that they were somehow misled, by the addition of the keyword, by the fact that the authors are pro-ID, which they could have figured out from reading the paper.David Klinghoffer, “Corruption Watch: Biology Journal Blames the Innocent, Turns ID Scientists into Fall Guys” at Evolution News and Science Today
In Klinghoffer’s telling, maybe the editors thought the paper was okay, maybe even interesting. Then they got mobbed by Darwin thugs and now can’t cringe low enough to atone for their grievous error. Surely there’s a floor down there somewhere…
But now they are implying that the authors somehow misled them… ?
Whatever the strength of the article’s argument for intelligent design — and readers should judge that for themselves — the episode says as much about the corruption of professional science, how fear and dishonesty reign there.David Klinghoffer, “Corruption Watch: Biology Journal Blames the Innocent, Turns ID Scientists into Fall Guys” at Evolution News and Science Today
Well, remember this when we are told to “trust science” or else! “Or else” is looking better all the time.
See also: Cancel Culture lets an ID-friendly paper slip through the cracks