Wednesday, November 24, 2010

#106: Brendan Dixon

And still they come.

Dixon is a software developer and one of the “researcher” of the Discovery Institute funded Biologic Institute, whose purpose is to conduct scientific studies on – among other things – intelligent design (so far, the results have been negligible, to put it mildly). The Biologic Institute is described, in very positive terms here. It is headed by Douglas Axe, about whom we have commented before.

Dixon is also the president (and sole employee), which has donated large sums to the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture. He also donated to Baylor University for one of its engineering professors, Robert J. Marks II (to be covered later), to employ Dembski as a postdoctoral researcher at the Evolutionary Informatics Lab. The project was something of a scandal for Baylor, and the ID creationists did not emerge in good light (see here).

Diagnosis: Anti-science crank with far too much money to hand out. While his intellectual contributions are negligible and his personal impact as a creationist probably nil, his financial support of dishonest crackpot projects makes him dangerous.

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