FIRST AMENDMENT: What’s With The Masked Guy In The ‘Science Uprising’ Videos?

Slowly but surely — very slowly, most of the time — the evidence for the reasonableness of Intelligent Design (ID) and illustrating major flaws in the case for evolution is beginning to get something approaching a serious look by serious people.

Science Uprising video series is from the Discovery Institute

Central to that development is the Seattle-based Discovery Institute, which among much else publishes EN, aka Evolution News & Science Today. EN describes itself as providing:

“Original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research.

“It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues.”

Science that drives human progress thrives in the intellectual and political atmosphere that results from the First Amendment, but on certain subjects — did somebody just mention ID? — the spirit of free inquiry goes out the window.

EN’s David Klinghogger, for example, writes about the response from some of the knee-jerk corners of the scientific community to Discovery’s superb video series, Science Uprising. The reality is that the same repressive spirit of political correctness that seeks to suffocate opposition to the Left in politics is at work in science research, funding and academics.

Regardless of your perspective on the ID vs Evolution debate, this production does a masterful job of presenting mountains of evidence in a visually creative and stimulating manner.

Referring to a review of the series written by University of Chicago Biologist Jerry Coyne, Klinghoffer observed:

“Scanning down through the comments section under his post, I noticed a puzzled remark from one reader, ‘And what is it with that ugly Guy Fawkes mask with the ape nose?’ Now perhaps that does deserve a reply. Others have also wondered.

Remember Guy Fawkes?

“The mask is a reference to the 2005 film V for Vendetta, inspired in turn by the historical English rebel Guy Fawkes, and a comic by David Lloyd, who is right when he says it has become ‘an icon of popular culture,’ ‘a common brand and a convenient placard to use in protest against tyranny.’

“The ape is of course a reference to evolutionary schemes that insist on human beings as no more than clever apes.”

Concerning the mask, Klinghoffer was referring to the assertion of atheist advocate Sam Harris that “the self is an illusion,” a claim, incidentally, that is self-refuting since the self-aware, thinking being known as “Sam Harris” is no more an illusion than is the logic behind his reasoning, the brain in which it occurred or the language it expressed.

But that’s a discussion for another day. For now, check out all six installments of Science Uprising. I guarantee you it will give you a lot to ponder and talk about.

That is especially true if you work for a senator or representative who cares about the integrity of scientific research and intellectual independence, or a committee such as the House Science, Space and Technology, the issues presented by the Science Uprising are on your plate, for better or worse.



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2 thoughts on “FIRST AMENDMENT: What’s With The Masked Guy In The ‘Science Uprising’ Videos?”

  1. Can’t watch your videos. Why do you keep cutting back to other people watching the videos? It is annoying and distracting.


  2. I am a big believer in science but science has problems explaining origins. The origin of the universe, origin of life, origin of complex life forms, origin of the earth, origin of consciousness all seem beyond naturalistic processes. Once these mysterious origins are just excepted then science seem to explain the rest.


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