Joined: June 2007
this shit reads like a postmodern "Sword of the Lord"
|The great debate over the adequacy of evolution continues. Sort of. The latest head to head meeting had Dr. Stephen Meyer and Dr. Richard Sternberg debating Dr. Michael Shermer and Dr. Donald Prothero. Heading into the debate I was quite excited; these aren't lightweights, after all. The defenders of evolution are well known in science circles and to followers of the overall debate. Indeed, we've blogged a fair amount on Dr. Prothero who has, shall we say, a colorful and cavalier way with the facts. He is known more for polemical bromides and spurious personal attacks than for any serious science.|
Facts here is a link to an older hysterical screed
|MSNBC’s Birthday Present to Charles Darwin: Puff-Pieces on Evolution (Part 3)|
which had this crap
|Buying Prothero's Arguments? Caveat Emptor!*|
First, Prothero’s book--which forms the basis of authority for the MSNBC puff-piece--is hard to take seriously because it reads more like a polemic than a serious academic treatment. Consider these statements from Prothero's book:
| “[T]he creationist political pressure, propaganda, and lies are not restricted to public schools. In many smaller colleges … the professors are just as intimidated by creationist bullies who are eager to disrupt class.” (Prothero, p. 354; Note: it's amusing that Prothero provides no documentation to back his anecdotal claim.)|
* how lame
that ellipsis made me wonder... of course....
i googled it
found this earlier limp impotent whine from Lacey Cuskin
|Exploding Shermer's Cambrian Argument|
While attacking Stephen Meyer's article in Proceedings for the Biological Society of Washington, Shermer briefly discusses the Cambrian Explosion, a major topic in Meyer's paper. Shermer states that the explosion is just an illusion because "according to paleontologist Donald Prothero, in his 2007 magisterial book Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why it Matters (Columbia University Press): "The major groups of invertebrate fossils do not all appear suddenly at the base of the Cambrian but are spaced out over strata spanning 80 million years — hardly an instantaneous 'explosion'! Some groups appear tens of millions of years earlier than others. And preceding the Cambrian explosion was a long slow buildup to the first appearance of typical Cambrian shelled invertebrates." Is that correct? Prothero's book is hard to take seriously because, as we shall see, it reads more like a polemic than a serious academic treatment. Consider these statements from Prothero's book:
|"[T]he creationist political pressure, propaganda, and lies are not restricted to public schools. In many smaller colleges — the professors are just as intimidated by creationist bullies who are eager to disrupt class." (Prothero, pg. 354; Note that Prothero provides zero documentation here of this anecdotal evidence.)|
Sounds familiar? cut and paste the stupid
what about the ellipse.... to --- I wonder what the fuck is in the middle of that quote.
there is another phrase in the next paragraph
Prothero’s book sounds like one with an agenda that clearly falls short of a calm, collected, objective scientific analysis.
where "sounds like" is replaced by "is" in crowther's piece
these dumb fucks are phoning the shit in.
You're obviously illiterate as hell. Peach, bro.-FtK
Finding something hard to believe based on the evidence, is science.-JoeG
the odds of getting some loathsome taint are low-- Gordon E Mullings Manjack Heights Montserrat
I work on molecular systems with pathway charts and such.-Giggles