Ball State University has hired a new astronomy professor: Guillermo Gonzalez, who was denied tenure at his last school because he believes in intelligent design. It's a good ol' time in the science lab, ahoy!

Inside Higher Ed has an exhaustive report on the whole saga of Gonzalez, who was denied tenure at Iowa State in 2007 after an uproar ensued over his... provocative... scientific... theories:

Gonzalez and his supporters say he was rejected there in part due to his 2004 book, The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos is Designed for Discovery, which argues that there’s evidence in the Earth’s design that it is unique within the universe. “For some reason our Earthly location is extraordinarily well suited to allow us to peer into the heavens and discover its secrets,” reads its synopsis. That’s contrary to the widely accepted science on the Earth's location.

I dunno, who are astronomers to act like "experts" on the universe?

Apply to Ball State now.

[Inside Higher Ed. Photo: Flickr]