Well, it depends what you mean by “making it”. I would consider that to be being taken seriously by the people you want to reach out to and communicate with, so I’m not sure I’ve achieved that lofty height yet. But being quoted in a Guardian piece is one step closer, right?
Riazat Butt writes on the Guardian’s science blog, about the new Centre for Intelligent Design in the UK:
In 2006 Elanor Taylor wrote that it was time for the UK to wage war on intelligent design, saying that while it and creationism used to be regarded like line dancing and SUVs – “peculiarly American phenomena” – they were now taking root in British life. The last few years have led to more debate about creationism and intelligent design, especially their classroom presence, due in part to Darwin’s bicentenary celebrations and the continued, sometimes acrimonious, discussion about the relationship between science and religion. Creationism in this country has its cheerleaders in museums, schools and zoos, but what of intelligent design? In Glasgow, a new institution hopes to fill that gap.
The Centre for Intelligent Design features a video introduction from Dr Alastair Noble, who has argued that ID should not be excluded from the study of origins. He says, among other things, that he is part of a network of people who are “dissatisfied with the pervading Darwinian explanation of origins and are attracted to the much more credible position of intelligent design” and criticise the “strident strain of science” that says the only acceptable explanations are those depending on “physical and materialistic processes”.
It’s actually a good article, you should read the whole thing. It’s a little light on the criticism, but that’s to be expected, right?
Plus, I’m quoted for some reason!
Blogger and anti-Creationist campaigner Naon Tiotami notes that the support of “prominent academics” suggests “they may stand a fighting chance at being taken seriously by the media, something that Truth in Science hasn’t accomplished,” before adding: “All we can do at the moment is hope that this new project crash-lands before it even properly gets its feet off the ground.”
Surely I could have used a better metaphor for the CID’s campaign than a possibly-crippled bird? Actually, no, that’s a perfect metaphor. Spreading its avian flu of pseudoscience far and wide…
But yes, I’m thrilled to have been mentioned. Who wouldn’t be?