The latest on Dembski
Philosophy Department and Liberal Studies Program
California State University Fullerton
From: William Grassie
Reply To: William Grassie
Sent: Thursday, October 19, 2000 5:54 PM
Subject: [METANEWS] Dembski relieved of duties as Polanyi Center
Date: 10/19/00 11:32 AM
From: Larry Brumley
DEMBSKI RELIEVED OF DUTIES AS POLANYI CENTER DIRECTOR
William Dembski was relieved of his duties as director of Baylor
University's Michael Polanyi Center today. He will remain associate
professor in conceptual foundations of science within the university's
Institute for Faith and Learning.
The action follows by two days the release of a peer review committee's
report on the Polanyi Center that affirmed the academic work of the center
while calling for the appointment of a faculty advisory committee and the
dropping of the Polanyi name.
"The theme of the report emphasized the need for the individuals associated
with the center to work in a collegial manner with other members of the
Baylor faculty," said Dr. Michael Beaty, director of the Institute for Faith
and Learning, which houses the center. "Dr. Dembski's actions after the
release of the report compromised his ability to serve as director."
Dr. Bruce Gordon, associate director of the center, has been appointed
interim director of the program. Gordon holds a Ph.D. in the history and
philosophy of physics from Northwestern University, as well as degrees in
mathematics, philosophy, theology and piano performance. He was recently a
postdoctoral fellow of the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the
University of Notre Dame, and is presently at work on a series of articles
leading to a book on the metaphysical import of quantum statistics.
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From: Wesley R. Elsberry [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, October 19, 2000 9:57 AM
Subject: Dembski's Meta-News post attracts faculty attention
Well, the Baylor faculty have apparently noticed Dembski's
Now we'll just have to see how the administration responds, or if
they just ignore it.
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