Sunday, February 23, 2020

#2311: Dennis M. Sullivan

Yes, another one: Dennis M. Sullivan is a signatory to the Discovery Institute’s inane petition A Scientific Dissent from Darwinism, and a fairly typical specimen. Now, Sullivan is indeed nominally a Professor of Biology and Bioethics, but at Cedarville University, a fundamentalist Bible school that takes a literal reading of the Bible as a premise not to be disputed and where young-earth creationism (and complementarianism) is taught not only as fact but as something that is not open to discussion. Sullivan is not a biologist. Indeed, Sullivan has no background in science, but is an MD whose main qualification for his post at Cedarville seems to be having worked as a missionary for twelve years. Cedarville is, needless to say, not an institution where students actually learn anything remotely resembling science, critical thinking or facts, and a diploma should be regarded as the rough equivalent of any diploma you can purchase by following a link in a spam email. 

Sullivan is also signatory to the CMI list of scientists alive today who accept the biblical account of creation. He also runs a blog, Cedarethics, devoted to bioethics from a fundamentalist perspective, and has published extensively on such issues, primarily in religious magazines, and given numerous talks in churches and similar venues. Nothing indicates that he is involved in anything resembling science or scientific research, but no one interested in science or scientific research (and having even a cursory idea of what that involves) would ever consider having anything to do with Cedarville anyways.

Diagnosis: Yes, it’s fairly typical of the signatories on the Discovery Institute list, and that people like Sullivan appear on it is rather telling. 

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