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8/29/13 at 08:25 PM 68 Comments

Recent Episodes in Censorship vs. Academic Freedom: Materialists Are Becoming More Intolerant

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One indication of a failing paradigm in science (or in other disciplines) is an increasingly authoritarian attempt by its believers to curtail open discussion of where the evidence might lead. Recent attempts to shut down conversation about the evidential merits of intelligent design indicate just how insecure many neo-Darwinists and materialists are about their own theories of the world. Let's survey a few of these episodes.

1. Ball State University President Imposes Gag Order on Science Professors who Favor Intelligent Design

In a blatant assault on academic freedom, the President of Ball State University in Indiana has issued an edict banning science faculty from discussing the scientific evidence favoring intelligent science. The President's order is something right out of George Orwell's 1984. Ball State University is fast becoming ground zero in the war to suppress dissent in science in America. Stay tuned in future weeks for ways you can help defend the academic freedom of scientists under attack at Ball State.

2. Ban Discovery Institute: Hank Campbell's Appeal to the Editors of National Review

Displaying the totalitarian mindset of many scientific materialists, Hank Campbell of Science 2.0 is calling on National Review to ban writers associated with Discovery Institute, starting with blogger and bioethicist Wesley Smith.

3. The Campaign of Censorship that Failed

A new volume of cutting-edge scientific research has been published that includes articles by scientists critical of Darwinian theory and supportive of intelligent design. That the volume was published at all is a victory: The book was spiked by one publisher after a vicious campaign of censorship waged by a member of the Darwin lobby who hadn't even read the book. Fortunately, another science publisher was willing to publish the volume despite the censors.

Biological Information: New Perspectives is based on a

the proceedings of a symposium held in the spring of 2011 at Cornell University. A diverse group of scientists gathered at Cornell to critically re-examine neo-Darwinian theory. This conference included experts in information theory, computer science, numerical simulation, thermodynamics, evolutionary theory, whole organism biology, developmental biology, molecular biology, genetics, physics, biophysics, mathematics, and linguistics (and one historian-philosopher of science—me).

4. Podcast: The Real Story of the 1925 Scopes Trial, and the Real Threat to Academic Freedom

Although the subject of this recent podcast is not recent, its has implications for the other three episodes outlined above. Listen in as Michael Medved talks with Dr. John West, Associate Director of Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture, about what really happened at the infamous Scopes trial, and about who is behind today's war on free speech in the scientific community. Part of the discussion focuses on the inaccurate old play and film Inherit the Wind. If you are interested in watching a drama about the Scopes trial that is more true to what actually happened, check out Alleged (2010), starring Fred Thompson and Brian Dennehy. Many materialists try to transfer the "Inhereit the Wind" stereotype to Darwin doubters today.

What You Can Do

Promoting academic freedom can be as simple as helping a campus club host a table on a univeristy campus where people can sign the Academic Freedom Petition and find out more about academic freedom on evolution. Or the events can be more elaborate including screening Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed or Icons of Evolution on campus.

For more information about academic freedom issues e-mail academicfreedom@discovery.org.

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