Darwin’s position as a child of privilege and his naturalistic worldview both in their different ways shaped his approach to the study of nature.
A severe intellectual sclerosis in scientific and popular media is one big reason that arguments for intelligent design meet with such resistance there.
Any sufficiently advanced extraterrestrial intelligence would be indistinguishable from God.
Yet, having conceded, Shermer goes on to move the goalpost.
Shermer’s term “Intelligent Design creationism” signals his own misjudgment in the matter, namely, that ID is creationism.