The NCSE has a new executive director, Ann Reid (everybody say hooray, I’m sure we’ll be seeing much more of Dr Reid in the future), and of course the Discovery Institute had a snide post about it, which Ed Brayton has already mentioned, but he missed the real face-palm moment, maybe because it comes at the very end, and he couldn’t bear to read that far. Look at the parting shot they take at the fabulous Eugenie Scott:
Ann Reid, who worked most recently as director of the American Academy of Microbiology, has a serious background as a real scientist compared to her predecessor. Arguably, design in biology is more clearly revealed at the micro level even than it is at the macro. We hope her past employment and studies will serve her well in presenting the scientific evidence to the public with greater objectivity than we’ve been accustomed to from the NCSE.
Eugenie Scott has a Ph.D. in physical anthropology from the University of Missouri, and taught in her discipline at the University of Colorado and at California State University Hayward. She is far more qualified to discuss evolution and biology than any of the pretentious twits employed by the Discovery Institute.
If they’re clinging to a forlorn hope that a microbiologist is going to favor their vague and unscientific hypotheses about an ‘intelligent designer’ more than would an anthropologist, they are going to be disillusioned once again, and are also going to be widely mocked as completely out of touch with science.