I love the "scientific" disciplines of some of the signers.
So do I. It reminds me of an episode during the 1964 presidential campaign. A publication called Fact
magazine printed a special edition about the psychological condition of Barry Goldwater, the Republican candidate for president. At the heart of the special issue was a poll of 12576 psychiatrists, to which 2417 responded. The poll found that Goldwater had a severely paranoid personality and was psychologically unfit to be president. (FindLaw link here
There was just one problem: None of the psychiatrist polled had ever examined Goldwater.
The whole thing was a sham of course. When Goldwater sued, the federal district court rightfully imposed punitive damages on Fact
magazine, the appeals court rightfully upheld the decision, and the Supreme Court rightfully rejected a rehearing of the case. But as bogus as Fact
magazine's case against Goldwater was, the Discovery Institute's case against evolution is barely better. It rests on a poll of 500 scientists, over two thirds of which aren't even biologists. Among the minority of respondents who are
biologists, the number of evolutionary
biologists is greater than zero, but evidently so low that Discovery chose not to reveal it in their press release. That makes their case a little bit less of a sham than Fact
magazine's infamous Goldwater special -- but just barely.