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Master's Degree holder, telecommuting from the hot tub, proud Darwinian Dawkobot, and pirate librarian belly-dancer bohemian secret agent scribe on a mission to rescue bloggers from the wholesome clutches of the pious backstabbing girl fridays of the world.

Monday, April 03, 2006

“Evolution Dead in Ten Years!”

UPDATED: Since the link no longer points to the article, here's another source.

And don’t forget his “death of molecular darwinism in five years” prediction (whatever “darwinism” means—let’s assume it’s what Dawkins means when he speaks of Darwinian evolution).

It’s a date!
News Flash! William Dembski has made it official!

Oh, Amused Muse is very amused at this reckless statement. Let’s all set our watches. The countdown has begun! (Interested in our bet, Wild Bill? No? I think that the Lexington Herald-Leader might be.)

UPDATED: You’d think the guy would have had his fill of $1000 bets! (Hey, Bill—I thought that a gap in the evidence proved that it didn’t happen.) I certainly hope that when Dembski went traipsing to the Department of Homeland Security, he didn't report Eric Pianka to this guy. Talk about a danger to humanity!


Blogger Doctor Marco said...

Is he Dembsky or Dumbsky? Evolution is the core of biology. What might happen is that evolution might die in the US in less than 10 years due to the involution of the people's mind due to poor education and the encouraging of superstitious beliefs. Remember that it took a couple of decades (in the 4th and 5th centuries CE) for humanity to forget that the Greeks, already had, not only found that the Earth was a sphere, but also calculated its diameter! Sadly, it took the Europeans 1000 years to find out again that the Earth was a sphere.

April 03, 2006 9:10 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Well, Wild Bill is a smartsky, Marco, and yes, he wants to destroy the teaching of evolution in this country, but I'm not going to let that happen. Yeah, it used to drive me nuts, thinking about how the knowledge of the Greeks was lost, but we need to fight these people. Bill came out and made his statement--so will I. I'm informing that newspaper of the terms of my bet.

April 03, 2006 10:07 PM  
Blogger Simon said...

I think I'm in love.

April 04, 2006 8:24 AM  
Anonymous Ebonmuse said...

In the interests of establishing Dembski's track record at predictions, allow me to point out that he also claimed that intelligent design would be funded by the National Science Foundation by 2003; and that the Dover ID case would be a "Waterloo" for evolution. (He estimated the outcome that actually did occur as having less than 10% probability.)

My advice, Bill: Don't quit your day job.

April 04, 2006 4:11 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

But that IS Bill's day job.
(Aw shucks, Simon...)

April 04, 2006 4:30 PM  
Anonymous Ebonmuse said...

But that IS Bill's day job.

Touché. :) Maybe the Discovery Institute should endow a university chair in Dembski's honor: I propose it be called the "William Dembski Chair for Perpetual Prediction of the Demise of Evolution".

April 04, 2006 6:20 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Any idiot can repeatedly predict the imminent demise of evolution. It's just not that hard. Actually bringing it about, however, is far more difficult.

I think that deep down, Billy really subscribes to the ever-so-rare "kill everyone who isn't me" philosophy of life.

April 05, 2006 1:27 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

In other words: "I start my Design diet tomorrow."

April 05, 2006 12:36 PM  

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