The idea that scientists are like tribal elders, to be respected and never questioned, much less smirked at (God forbid), is one possible perspective.
“He is saying that critics of Darwin should allow themselves to be abused — by non-scientists like Kevin Williamson — and just take it.”
No intellectually challenging idea has attracted more uninformed criticism than ID.
John West reviews two books by conservatives, Yuval Levin and Eric Cohen, who “seem more interested in criticizing their fellow conservatives who challenge Darwinism than in criticizing Darwinism itself.”
Hefner was a modern-day exponent of evolutionary relativism, which he restyled as the “Playboy philosophy.”