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February 07, 2005

Intelligent Design -- The Sternberg Controversy

A little over a week ago, there was a bit of a blogswarm around this editorial in Opinion Journal regarding biologist Richard von Sternberg. The article noted that von Sternberg's career was in jeopardy because he published a peer-reviewed article on intelligent design in the August issue of the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. I wrote about it here.

It must be noted that the article, titled "The Branding of a Heretic," was an editorial in Opinion Journal. And because it was an editorial, we probably shouldn't have expected to get both sides of the story.

Jonathan Coddington, von Sternberg's supervisor at the National Museum of Natural History, responded to the editorial over at my other blog, here, correcting what he saw as errors in the Opinion Journal piece.

Today I discovered Richard von Sternberg's own website through the Grapevine blog. On it he discusses the whole controversy surrounding the publication of the article on intelligent design. The page is dated from September, but like Coddington's response, it sheds more light on the situation.

I suspect there's more to come on this incident as ID is suddenly becoming a hot topic.

Stay tuned.

Posted by Drew at February 7, 2005 09:16 PM

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I heard over at EO that Behe had an article published in the NY Times on ID.

Posted by: Rick Brady at February 7, 2005 10:37 PM

Posted by: Rick Brady at February 7, 2005 11:28 PM

Oh, thanks. I knew there was another one I was forgetting.

Posted by: Drew at February 7, 2005 11:31 PM