a response from ‘scientists anonymous’

By Alison Campbell 24/09/2011

Rather to my surprise (I wrote the original post quite a while ago), I’ve had a response from the subject of that post: ‘Scientists Anonymous’. This group was drawn to my attention by a friend who’s a secondary school biology teacher, concerned that Scientists Anonymous had done a mass e-mailout to NZ teachers to promote an intelligent design article.

At the time I asked

who, exactly, are these ‘Scientists Anonymous’ who are behind the e-mail to schools, and why aren’t they prepared to put their names to the document?

Well, I’m left none the wiser by their response:

Anonymity of this informal group is upheld in the interest of those still active in the profession, but may be reviewed in future.

Why? In NZ, having a particular religious worldview is not grounds for losing one’s job (nor is it in the US –the thesis of “Expelled” notwithstanding ). However, presenting oneself as a brave maverick scientist, ignored by the mainstream, is one of the warning signs that we may be dealing with pseudoscience. So wouldn’t it be better to front up, identify themselves, and present their evidence? (Their solid, peer-reviewed evidence, not articles on the Institute for Creation Research website.) After all, as E.O.Wilson has said,

If someone could actually prove scientifically that there is such a thing as a supernatural force, it would be one of the greatest discoveries in the history of science. So the notion that somehow scientists are resisting it is ludicrous.

0 Responses to “a response from ‘scientists anonymous’”

  • Always the best response to those who suspect we’re hiding the truth – If a scientist could prove that God did it, they would be lauded the world round. Which hasn’t happened yet.

    I have to say, I would be intrigued to see if there are any actual scientists (biologists in particular) in scientists anonymous.

  • I suspect it may have been a drive-by posting, so I doubt we’re going to find out any time soon…

    I disagree with their stance, but I’d have more respect for them if they had the courage of their convictions!