Nick Matzke- Dishonest or Stupid?
His whole confusion and apparent mission in life could have been avoided if Judge Jones III had allowed the publisher of the book "Of Pandas and People" to appear at the "Kitzmiller v Dover" trial of 2005.
But Judge Jones III felt it would be best if the people who knew the most about that book did not testify and instead relied solely on the raw spewage of the anti-IDists hired to testify.
Armed with only that Matzke has set out to try to "prove" something.
Of Pandas and People- the reality
The alleged definition of Intelligent Design that has Matzke running about is:
"Intelligent design means that various forms of life began abruptly through an intelligent agency with their distinctive features already intact. Fish with fins and scales, birds with feathers, beaks, and wings, etc."
However IDists can and do accept universal common descent. Therefore you would figure something is amiss with that alleged definition.
Perhaps it is out of date.
Perhaps it is out of context.
What would have really helped is if the authors and publisher had been allowed to clarify any and all passages.
1) "Of Pandas and People" was central to the case
2) The judge refused to allow those most familiar to the book and its contents to be represented at the trial.
3) The judge did allow the plaintiff's lawyers to bluff their way through an argument about the immune system
4) Now all anti-IDists are riding the wave of that bluff as well as the absence of rebuttals to the false claims about "Of Pandas and People".
What makes all this so sad is the fact that anti-IDists could stop ID cold in its tracks just by scientifically supporting their anti-ID position.
The fact that they would rather prance around carrying nothing but ID misrepresentations really says more than I could about the utter vacuity of their position.
Perhaps Nick Matzke isn't stupid, but he is hoping that you are.