Monday, May 10, 2010

New ID journal BIO-Complexity

As most of you already know, there's a new journal in town with an editorial board made up largely of creationists and ID supporters:
BIO-Complexity is a peer-reviewed scientific journal with a unique goal. It aims to be the leading forum for testing the scientific merit of the claim that intelligent design (ID) is a credible explanation for life. ... To achieve its aim, BIO-Complexity is founded on the principle of critical exchange that makes science work. Specifically, the journal enlists editors and reviewers with scientific expertise in relevant fields who hold a wide range of views on the merit of ID, but who agree on the importance of science for resolving controversies of this kind.
So says the BIO-Complexity website. (The last time ID supporters tried their own journal was PCID, which seemed to whither and die five years ago.) I'm kind of surprised the announcement didn't generate more snide comments. After all, the launch of Answers Research Journal inexplicably wound up with Nature coverage.

The first two articles are by Biologic Institute staff scientists (not to be confused with BioLogos Forum, which is decidedly not a fan of ID). For those who don't know, Biologic is a spinoff (subsidiary? I'm not sure the precise relationship) of the more famous Discovery Institute, which specializes in public advocacy for ID. Biologic is supposed to be the research center.

Frankly, I'm glad this journal has launched. I know a lot of people have been waiting a long time to see what (if anything) the ID movement had to offer besides yet another populist anti-evolution crusade. In particular, since the launch of Biologic, I've been hoping they would ... well... do something. Something other than churn out books, debate atheists, and make spectacles of themselves.

So here we go. I see BIO-Complexity as a positive response to the challenge of put up or shut up, and that's good. I hope it will go beyond just anti-evolution rhetoric research, but I guess that remains to be seen.