Monday, July 28, 2008

The Casey Luskin Excellence in Bullshit Award

Looks like the Discovery Institutes's ferocious attack poodle, Casey Luskin, has had an award named after him (HT: Pharyngula). We evil science advocates aren't allowed to know who received it though. Samuel Chen over at Doubting Darwin writes:
The recipient of the 2008 Casey Luskin Graduate Award will remain anonymous for the protection of the recipient. The many students, professors, and scientists who have been denied degrees or tenure and removed from positions and jobs for no other reason than acceptance of—or even sympathy to—intelligent design theory is very telling of the importance of keeping these bright young minds out of the crosshairs of those opposed to open-minded investigation and critical thought.
Rriiiiight. Holding people to ethical standards and demanding that they actually do some sort of scientific work is opposing "open minded investigation and critical thought".
The Casey Luskin Graduate Award was established in 2005 and in 2007 its name was changed from the “IDURC Graduate Award” to the “Casey Luskin Graduate Award.” The award is named for Mr. Casey Luskin, a graduate of the University of California at San Diego, who was the first student truly to step out of his comfort zone as an undergrad and take a stand for intelligent design—a stand that would be seen across the nation.
Seen, and laughed at heartily. Not only is just about everything Luskin writes wrong, it is often howlingly wrong: the guy is enormously talented at missing the point of an argument, at misinterpreting scientific data, and at sticking his fingers in his ears and screaming "LaLaLa, I can't here you" when anyone points out his, erm... "mistakes".

I don't think I'd want them announcing that I'd received this award, either. How embarrassing to be associated with the DI's most rediculous hack.

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