This is pretty weird, interesting, and depressing all at once. The very cool newspaper, “Seattle Weekly”, printed in full a leaked copy of “The Wedge”. It’s the Discovery Institute’s 1998 document outlining a strategy to promote intelligent design. It’s hard to believe that DI (a religious Seattle think tank) launched the modern intelligent-design movement with a simple memo. What’s harder to believe is that not only did the idea evolve into a media sensation, but that the memo appears to be foreshadowing the completion of DI’s short-term goals. Whether we all smarten up and prevent the long term goals from succeeding remains to be seen.
DI’s goals are simple, and quite destructive to science:
- To defeat scientific materialism, and its destructive moral, cultural and political legacies
- To replace materialistic legacies with the theistic understanding that nature and human beings are created by God.
The paper’s also got some nifty related stories, including a brief history of intelligent design, and information on the memo’s original distribution on the ‘Net, including a story on the guys who originally leaked the memo, back in 1999. Yes, 1999. Can you believe it? That DI’s original goals were released on the Internet over half a decade ago, and it hasn’t stopped them from accomplishing their 5 year plan? Luckily, people are starting to recognize where this is heading, and are trying to put a stop to it. I just hope we react a little faster when the memo about replacing cheese with Soylent Green comes out.