Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Biologic Institute.

A tantalising glimpse of some of the work going on in ID is here.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Brian said...

Tantalizing? - the results of their work have already been published - chapter and verse!

6:11 pm  
Anonymous Hrafn said...

Brian:

What "results of their work" has the Biologic Institute published? As far as I can see, Douglas Axe has not published anything since forming this organisation, nor has its other researchers, the only one of who is mentioned is:
"Ann Gauger, a homeschool mom with a PhD in zoology, and experience teaching high school and college students will again be offering high school biology from her home in Kent. (South King County) A chemistry course will also be offered. The format for Chemistry has not yet been established. Class size will be limited to between 5 and 10 students. Reference letters from last year's families are available on request.

Last year's biology course covered natural history, botany, zoology, physiology, and cell and molecular biology, with field trips and labs included. The course included a discussion of evolution and intelligent design from a Christian perspective. She received her Bachelor's degree from MIT in 1975 and her PhD. from the University of Washington in 1989. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard and the birth of her children, she began her second career as a Mom in 1992. She has taught her own children at home since 1997."

http://www.evcforum.net/cgi-bin/Threads.cgi?action=tmi&f=17&t=113 (quoting a now defunct Geocities home-schooling page)

Further, Axe himself appears to have published only two papers this decade (a very low rate of publication), neither of which contradict evolution.

2:11 am  
Anonymous Brian said...

hrafn

I was being a bit tongue-in-cheek but I thought the 'chapter and verse' reference would have given it away?

4:17 am  
Anonymous Hrafn said...

On further reflection, I think that "tantalising" is a good description of vapourware (which I strongly suspect is what the Biologic Institute will turn out to be, in terms of output).

7:18 am  
Blogger Andrew Rowell said...

Hrafn,

Last time you spoke about the Biologic Institute you asked:
"Has Axe published anything since he disappeared into the phantom 'Biologic Institute' (which appears to have no existence outside Axe's head)."

You were wrong about the phantom nature of the Biologic Institute at least...it is possible that you may also be proved wrong about its output.

7:47 am  
Anonymous Hrafn said...

Andrew:

Given how publicity-shy the BI appears to be, I can hardly be faulted for hitherto believing them to be a "phantom" - though they would now appear to have been upgraded from "phantom" to "shadowy."

But the gist of my original question remains:
Has Axe published anything since he disappeared into the phantom Biologic Institute?

The answer appears to be "no." Given that Axe set up the BI two years ago, it is interesting that he still doesn't have any results to show for it.

[Correction to earlier comment: New Scientist article also mentions "Brendan Dixon, a former software developer at Microsoft."]

12:08 pm  
Blogger allygally said...

Quote "The reticence cloaks an unorthodox agenda. "We are the first ones doing what we might call lab science in intelligent design," says George Weber, the only one of Biologic's four directors who would speak openly with me. "The objective is to challenge the scientific community on naturalism." Weber is not a scientist but a retired professor of business and administration at the Presbyterian Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington. He heads the Spokane chapter of Reasonstobelieve.org, a Christian organisation that seeks to challenge Darwinism."

Mr Weber was sacked for his frankness...

11:10 pm  

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