Richard Sternberg

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Richard Sternberg is a scholar who holds two PhDs in the area of evolutionary biology.[1] He has also published more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed scientific publications and books.

Dr. Sternberg became the victim of retaliation by evolutionists after he allowed the publication as managing editor of an article by an advocate of intelligent design in a scientific publication,[2] despite the fact that Dr. Sternberg followed all the standard peer review procedures for publication in the journal, the "Proceedings of the Biological Society."[3] Three qualified scientists, all of whom are evolutionary and molecular biologists teaching at well-known institutions, approved the paper. The Journal issued a statement in which it stated that "The Council, which includes officers, elected councilors, and past presidents, and the associate editors would have deemed the paper inappropriate for the pages of the Proceedings because the subject matter represents such a significant departure from the nearly purely systematic content for which this journal has been known throughout its 122-year history". [4]

Sternberg wrote:

Judgment about the merits of a scientific work cannot be entirely divorced from theoretical perspectives. A neo-Darwinian will have a perspective on an evolutionary topic that is different from (and sometimes in opposition to) that of a self-organization theorist or a structuralist such as myself. Nevertheless, such differences of opinion and the judgments based upon them are part of the healthy interchange of ideas we call science. What should not be part of science is the attempt to impugn the peer-review process after the fact because it led to a controversial or unwanted result. [1]

References

  1. Dr. Sternberg holds one PhD in molecular (DNA) evolution and the other in systems theory and theoretical biology.
  2. The article was by Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, entitled "The Origin of Biological Information and the Higher Taxonomic Categories."
  3. http://www.rsternberg.net
  4. http://www.biolsocwash.org/id_statement.html
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