In the News section of NATURE of May 23th, there is an article entitled “
The 43-year-old astronomer not only considers himself as a “sceptic” of Darwin´s ideas, but is a deeply religious evangelical Christian, who has co-authored a book in 2004 entitled “The privileged planet” and had been delivering talks throughout the
Gonzalez is now appealing to Iowa State´s president, claiming religious discrimination.
Although Gonzalez had been productive since his arrival at Iowa State´s in 2001, the scientific committee at the physics department had turned down four out of twelve tenure candidates in the last decade, and says that his view regarding ID was not the determinant reason.
I believe that tenure candidatures should not be discarded because they are sceptical with Darwin´s (or anyone´s) ideas, as the news´ title seems to suggest, but a scientific research position at any serious university cannot be assigned to people that promote bypassing the search of generative mechanisms, as is the heart of the scientific endeavour, by proposing fantastic and finalistic unscientific views to students and the general public, regardless their productivity in peer reviewed journals.