Caught this from my Google News alerts:
Oh, they are using it to introduce a new publishing imprint:
" . . . published originally by the Foundation for Thought and Ethics, now available to celebrate the launch of a new imprint of Discovery Institute Press, Foundation for Thought and Ethics (FTE) Books."Wait, wasn't the Foundation for Thought and Ethics the publisher of the now infamous 'Of Pandas and People', you know the one that showed the very clear evolution from Creationism to Intelligent Design that was revealed during the Dover Trial (remember 'cdesign proponentsists'?). So they are now part of the Discovery Institute. And to 'celebrate' the DI is offering this book at a huge discount! I have to wonder how many copies have been gathering dust in a warehouse?
Wasn't this also the book that, once again, showed one of the common gutter-level tactics the DI and their sycophants use when releasing a new book? Ah yes, Panda's Thumb wrote about that in 2007:
"On November 19, 2007 a new book, The Design of Life, authored by William Dembski and Jonathan Wells, was released. Almost immediately a stream of reviews, all giving the book 5 stars (the highest positive evaluation possible for readers’ reviews on Amazon) started appearing on the Amazon website. On December 20, 2007, Wesley Elsberry posted a brief survey of the exaggerated acclaims of the book in question posted on Amazon by a bunch of ID advocates – acclaims bearing unmistakable signs of orchestration.
Elsberry’s survey could have been written even before this book appeared: the behavior of ID advocates follows a predictable pattern. Each time a new book by Dembski or Wells (or Behe, or any other of the Discovery Institute denizens) appears, their cohorts immediately start creating a ruckus, proclaiming the book in question the “end of Darwinism,” a great event in the history of humankind, destined to become a shining achievement in science, philosophy, sock mending, and culinary art." (Panda's Thumb: Dembski’s and Wells’s shenanigans - just a reminder)Yes, that tactic -- release a book and have people who already agree with you jump over to Amazon to write all kinds of nice things about it. They even write reviews BEFORE a book has been published, as we discussed here in Defensiveness 101. As of today the ratings include 47% at one star and 43% as five stars. When ordering the ratings by date, you do see a lot of front-end loading of five star ratings, including at least one by a then employee of the DI. I do wonder if this re-publicizing will change that, hopefully for the better, like 99% one star.
"When future intellectual historians list the books that toppled Darwin's theory,The Design of Life will be at the top." (Michael Behe)