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.
C.S. Lewis encountered an objection to his literary criticism analogous to Kevin Williamson’s and explored its underlying logic.
Of course, an allergy to conceding error is not unique to ID opponents, but it is typical of them.
“He is saying that critics of Darwin should allow themselves to be abused — by non-scientists like Kevin Williamson — and just take it.”