Many critics have long complained about Intelligent Design books published for popular consumption. As one participant of our blog argued:
No one can stop you from inferring an intelligent designer, just as no one can stop you from inferring a real Santa Clause and the Tooth Fairy. If you want convince others, however, then get off your lazy a** and do some actual research that produces positive results. Pop pseudoscience books with wild unsubstantiated claims (i.e. Privileged Planet) and empty internet verbiage will never cut it in the rigorous scientific world"¦
While I can certainly appreciate the desire to see ID "cut it in the rigorous scientific world," it's not clear that ID hypotheses can be accommodated and processed in the current scientific milieu. But that's not the main point for today.
There is a place for such popular books in the history of science. In fact, we can argue that one "pop pseudoscience book" played an important role in helping Charles Darwin get out his theory.