Here’s a classic in advocacy posing as research: “Humans may be primed to believe in creation”
(Ewen Callaway, New Scientist, 02 March 2009):
Religion might not be the only reason people buy into creationism and intelligent design, psychological experiments suggest.
No matter what their religious beliefs, college-educated adults frequently agree with purpose-seeking yet false explanations of natural phenomena – finches diversified in order to survive, for instance.
“The very fact of belief in purpose itself might lead you to favour intelligent design,” says Deborah Kelemen, a psychologist at Boston University, who led the study
And her point is what, exactly? That belief in purpose is irrational? Why so?
It is a shame that such studies are funded, but I would imagine that funding will increase, not decrease, as materialism takes a nose dive, and profs attempt to protect their tenure.
Also just up at the Post-Darwinist:
Ida? I dunno. I wish I had bet a whack on the pop science press dumping all over that fossil
Theistic evolution: New site challenges tenured Christian profs’ homage to atheism
Human evolution: Neanderthals as snacks?
Podcasts in the intelligent design controversy