Saturday, September 08, 2007

Baylor University Shuts Down Professor's Private Site for Challenging Evolution

There is a growing controversy over the action of Baylor University in shutting down a personal web site of one of their most distinguished professors. The only crime is that the professor dared to challenge Darwinian evolution. His scientific conclusions supported Intelligent Design.

According to BP, "Robert Marks, distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering at Baylor, launched a website called the Evolutionary Informatics Lab in June to examine whether Darwinian processes like random mutation and natural selection can generate new information."

Benjamin Kelley, dean of engineering at Baylor, then ordered the professor to immediately remove this site.

This is perhaps one of the most blatant examples of a violation of the principle of academic "freedom" in the history of U.S. education. That a professor would be ordered to remove his own private web site because his scientific conclusions question the scope of Darwinian evolutionary theory shows that evolution, much like global warming, has become a dogma for the scientific community. They are not even willing to question it.

It's certainly not good science. Baylor ought to be ashamed, and Kelley should apologize to professor Marks.