Wednesday, September 29, 2010

#57: Russell Carlson

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology University of Georgia, signer of the Discovery Institute's A Scientific Dissent from Darwinism. Member of DI research fellow William Dembski's The International Society for Complexity, Information, and Design (ISCID).

I don’t really have anything in particular on this guy. He testified at the Kansas evolution hearings and doubts evolution, predictably enough, for religious reasons. His main claim to deserving inclusion in the lexicon is as a representative of a relatively long row of fundamentalist religious scientists and compartmentalizers who are able to do science in one field but submerge themselves fully in confirmation bias with respects to others they know less about. In other words, he’s here because science and sanity are fed up with these kinds of destructive cranks.

Diagnosis: Crackpot with non-negligible influence.


  1. Unbelievable - You're bashing Dr. Carlson who has received grants in excess of $3.5 million from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. He has published more than 100 articles in various peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Carlson was elected scientific councillor of the International Endotoxin Society, and he is the discoverer on two and co-discoverer on a third patent application.

  2. He is still a delusional crackpot if he promotes beliefs against evidence.