I just clicked a link in a Google Alert with my father’s named misspelled and it turns out someone has written a book claiming it is a terrible injustice that people who deny evolution are not being admitted to Ph.D. programs in biology because this cheats them of the credential they need to teach the various forms of re-branded religion that deny evolution as factual so they can use science to force people to believe their religion.
It is the mirror image of Climategate, where suddenly Right wingers believe in the science showing that global warming/climate change is a big, fat hoax being perpetrated to destroy capitalism globally and enrich Al Gore, et al., via green enterprises and investments, while it is Left wingers clinging to their religious faith that weather is not supposed to change and is not primarily controlled by sunspots and ocean tides. Even though it is.
Here’s the passage that inspired this post:
“Is this only a “Christian fundamentalist” issue? Hardly! To begin with, the ranks of Darwin doubters include not only non-Christians, but also non-theists such as David Berlinski, Michael Denton, Periannan Senapathy, Chandra Wickramasighe, Murray Eden, Marcel-Paul Schutzenberger, Herbert [sic] Yockey, Stanly Salthe, Christian Schwabe, Gerald Kerkut, Professor Lime-De-Faria, Pierre Grasse, Soren Lovtrop, David Stove, Fred Hoyle, John Davison, and others who are closeted for obvious reasons.”
I have edited my father’s work since the late 1980’s. My father, Hubert P. Yockey, considers Darwin’s theory of evolution to be one of the most well-established in science. The epitome of his life’s work is that he has demonstrated why the origin of life is an axiom of biology, just as the origin of matter is an axiom of physics and chemistry. The belief that scientists will be able to re-create the origin of life is based purely on faith, even if it is a secular one.
Similarly, Intelligent Design is re-branded Creationism and originated in a misunderstanding of my father’s work that has since morphed into a deliberate distortion. Hubert P. Yockey points out in his book Information Theory, Evolution and the Origin of Life why Intelligent Design is wrong: the genome does the job that ID’ers claim require a Designer AND since there are no gaps in the genome from the origin of life to the present day, and we now have the ability to look back at the development of species using the genome, the objection to evolution that there are gaps in the fossil record is obsolete.