The Biologic Institute’s march to scientific greatness continues with the addition of three anti-evolutionists (and by all indications, Young Earth Creationists) to their staff:
- Matti Leisola (Dean of Chemistry and Materials Science, Helsinki University of Technology)
- Colin Reeves (Emeritus Professor of Operational Research, School of Mathematical and Information Sciences, Coventry University)
- Stuart Burgess (Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bristol)
A little light on the Bio part of the Biologic, aren’t they? It’s well know that Leisola and Burgess are creationists of the YEC variety, but I had not encountered Reeves before except as a signatory of the “Dissent from Darwin” list and someone who has said:
Darwinism was an interesting idea in the 19th century, when handwaving explanations gave a plausible, if not properly scientific, framework into which we could fit biological facts. However, what we have learned since the days of Darwin throws doubt on natural selection’s ability to create complex biological systems – and we still have little more than handwaving as an argument in its favour.
A little poking around revealed more about the Emeritus Professor. Reeves has reviewed for the Biblical Creation Society, a British YEC organization, making it highly likely that he’s a YEC. Further evidence is provided by the fact that both Burgess and Reeves have lectured for the “Genesis Agendum” which is a British charity (!) organization dedicated to “demonstrating the accuracy of the Bible through historical and scientific scholarship”. In other words, the latest additions to the BI’s pool of scientific talent are, by all indications, believers in a literal reading of Genesis. It is this hilarious that the DI’s Rob Crowther breathlessly announces their addition:
The anti-ID crowd has an old canard about there being no serious scientists who doubt Darwin, let alone any that support intelligent design. And they like to say that there is no science being done by ID scientists. Both ideas are not just false, but absurdly so. Note this announcement of new scientific arrivals at Biologic Institute …
Serious YEC scientists and biblical literalists.
My last mention of the BI is here and details its lack of relevant research publications in 2008. Despite Doug Axe’s prediction of “bold biology in 2009,” the BI appears to have generated nothing new. My prediction is that the addition of these three amigos isn’t likely to change anything much.
Update: Glenn Branch has made me aware that John Pieret has posted on this very topic probably more-or-less simultaneously with me, though he went with a Three Stooges motif. John notes that Reeves is a trustee of Biblical Creation Ministries. From the BCM site:
All basic types of living things, including human beings, were made by direct creative acts of God. The biological changes that have occurred since Creation have taken place only within the original created basic types…
The Creation was accomplished in six consecutive natural days, each consisting of an evening and a morning. The days of Creation do not correspond to long geological ages…
The Flood of Noah has significant implications for the study of earth history. Geology must always therefore be studied with reference to the Flood.
The Gap Theory, which seeks to explain the fossil record by inserting geological ages between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2, has no basis in Holy Scripture.
There can be, I think, little doubt that Reeves is a YEC.