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Encyclopedia > Richard Sternberg

Richard M. Sternberg is an American scientist. He was the editor of the scientific journal Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington who controversially handled the review and editing process of the only article published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal advocating intelligent design, although the journal subsequently withdrew the paper. Intelligent design (ID) is the concept that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection. ...

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Sternberg has two PhDs; the first from 1995 in molecular evolution from Florida International University, and a second in systems science from Binghamton University. He did post-doctoral work between 1999 and 2001 at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution and in 2001 became an unpaid research associate there.[1] 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Molecular evolution is the process of the genetic material in populations of organisms changing over time. ... Florida International University (FIU) is a major state-run university located in Miami, Florida, well-known for its business, hospitality management, creative writing, architecture, and engineering programs. ... Systems science is the science of complex systems. ... Binghamton University, also known as the State University of New York at Binghamton, is a public university located in Vestal, New York. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The museum as seen from the National Mall, the Old Post Office Building visible in the distance National Mall museum entrance The National Museum of Natural History is a museum administered by the Smithsonian Institution, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The museums collections total over... The Smithsonian Institution Building or Castle on the National Mall serves as the Institutions headquarters. ...


Sternberg subscribes to the school of thought of process structuralism[2].


In 2001, he became managing editor of the peer-reviewed scientific journal, Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington and joined the board of the International Journal of General Systems. The Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington is a taxonomic journal which usually publishes descriptions of newly-identified species. In the same year, he also joined the editorial board of the Baraminology study group, a young earth creationist "creation science" attempt to identify and classify the created kinds mentioned in scripture. He has stated that he as an outside critic and remained skeptical of their young earth beliefs [3] Sternberg serves as a fellow of the International Society for Complexity, Information and Design (ISCID), an intelligent design group[4]. In 2002, Sternberg presented a lecture on intelligent design at the ISCID's Research And Progress in Intelligent Design (RAPID) conference[5]. He is also a signatory to the Discovery Institute's Scientific Dissent from Darwinism petition[6] Peer review (known as refereeing in some academic fields) is a scholarly process used in the publication of manuscripts and in the awarding of funding for research. ... Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. ... Look up taxonomy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In biology, a species is one of the basic units of biodiversity. ... In creation biology, Baraminology is the effort to classify created kinds. ... ... Creation science refers to the attempts by creationists (especially those who believe in a young Earth) to use the methods and empirical practices of science to support their side of the creation-evolution controversy. ... In creation biology, created kinds are believed to be the original forms of life as they were created by God. ... ICSIDs logo The International Society for Complexity, Information, and Design (ISCID) is a self-styled professional society that promotes the controversial idea of intelligent design — that there is scientifiic evidence for design in life. ... Intelligent design (ID) is the concept that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection. ... The Discovery Institute is a think tank structured as a non-profit foundation, founded in 1990 and based in Seattle, Washington, USA. The stated mission of the organization is to, make a positive vision of the future practical. ...


Peer review controversy

In June 2004, a paper by Stephen C. Meyer advocating intelligent design was published in the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, a peer reviewed scientific journal, fulfilling a goal of the intelligent design movement since its inception. Meyer serves as the Director of the Center for Science and Culture, part of the Discovery Institute, the hub of the intelligent design movement. [7] Sternberg peer review controversy arose out of a conflict over whether an article published in a scientific journal that supported of the controversial concept of Intelligent Design was properly peer reviewed. ... Stephen C. Meyer. ... The Center for Science and Culture (CSC), formerly known as the Center for Renewal of Science and Culture (CRSC), is part of the Discovery Institute, a conservative Christian think tank in the United States. ... The Discovery Institute is a think tank structured as a non-profit foundation, founded in 1990 and based in Seattle, Washington, USA. The stated mission of the organization is to, make a positive vision of the future practical. ...


The editor for the issue of the Proceedings in which the Meyer article appears was Sternberg, and the issue was to be his last before stepping down having resigned in October 2003. Sternberg's decision to publish Meyer's paper and the method which it was done prompted widespread controversy, ultimately resulting in the journal's publisher withdrawing the paper from publication on the grounds that Sternberg went outside the usual review procedures to allow Meyer's article to be published in his last issue as editor. [8].


Sternberg disputes the publisher's statement [9] and claims that, after the controversy became public, unnamed groups attempted to pressure the NIH to fire him and efforts were made to remove him from his role of research associate at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. The latter he claims resulted in "it was made clear to me that my "current position at the Smithsonian will not be renewed." Sternberg filed a claim that afterward he was "targeted for retaliation and harassment" for his religious beliefs at the Smithsonian. The claim was rejected in August, 2005 on the grounds that Sternberg was not actually an employee.


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Richard Sternberg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (741 words)
Sternberg has two PhDs; the first from 1995 in molecular evolution from Florida International University, and a second in systems science from Binghamton University.
In 2001 Sternberg also joined the editorial board of the Baraminology study group, a young earth creationist "creation science" attempt to identify and classify the created kinds mentioned in scripture.
Sternberg claimed that the paper had been peer-reviewd by three scientists, who whilst not agreeing with its content, considered that it had merit and was worth publishing.
New Adventures in Sci-Phi: Shibboleths and Science: Summers and Sternberg (821 words)
Richard Sternberg is also a scholar of the highest caliber.
Sternberg, something of a postmodern Catholic received even worse treatment when he allowed an article proposing the possibility of Intelligent Design (a prominent anti-Darwinian theory of origins) to appear in the Museum of Natural History’s journal.
Sternberg lost his post at both the museum and the journal, as noted by Bobby Maddex; his crime—allowing a theory considered unscientific by the academic mainstream to make it through the process of peer review.
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