Kevin Williamson imagines that scientists are free to “slug it out” in journals and other academic settings, so that the truth reliably emerges.
The idea that scientists are like tribal elders, to be respected and never questioned, much less smirked at (God forbid), is one possible perspective.
It’s like the scene from Annie Hall with Kevin Williamson as the pretentious moviegoer in line with Woody Allen. Don’t know what I’m talking about?
C.S. Lewis encountered an objection to his literary criticism analogous to Kevin Williamson’s and explored its underlying logic.
Kevin Williamson deploys an absurd reductionist construct of the ID field as consisting of ideological assertions by “lawyers” and “amateurs.”