A paper on the workings of the human hand published in a scientific journal uses the term “creator” and “design,” sparking sputtering outrage and calls for boycotting the publication.
The authors, most of whom are Chinese, say the apparent reference to Intelligent Design was a mistake due to a mistranslation. Chinese writing does tend to be much more lyrical and metaphorical than the generally dull Western academic prose.
But it’s interesting how so many scientists are set off by words and are so eager to silence people. They do not want themselves to be exposed to anything incompatible with their materialistic worldview, not allowing anything to the contrary to be so much as uttered. Even the news account from a British publication, excerpted after the jump, feels that it must refer to Intelligent Design as a “pseudo-science.” [Read more…]