Eternal Importance

One of my all-time favorite quotes is by Henry Kissinger: “”University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.” You don’t have to spend much time in a department like mine before you see how true this is!  But it doesn’t fit the case of Guillermo Gonzalez, the brilliant astronomer who was denied tenure for his pro-ID views.  The more I learn about the case (a great collection of information is at http://www.discovery.org/scripts/viewDB/index.php?command=view&id=2939), the more I’m convinced that his tenure denial was so vicious because the stakes are so big.  Whereas a lot of academic politics is petty, the politics of ID-hatred is larger than us all.  The stakes are, in fact, eternal.  I hope Gonzalez can drop some comfort from this thought.  I know I do. 

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