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Timothy McDougald



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(Permalink) Posted: July 16 2007,18:44   

Quote (ck1 @ July 16 2007,15:22)
On the EE website, one of the sample pages discusses something called the "artifact hypothesis".  Is this a term used by actual evolutionary biologists?  Most of the Google hits for this term seem to be to creationist websites.

A number of paleontologists and paleoanthropologists have looked at the question of whether current collections of fossils are representative of the fossil record (for example, Rob Martin looked at the subject of how well the primate fossil record is sampled in his paper Primates a definition). Most of the studies along these lines indicate that the fossil record is poorly sampled and that there is still a lot out there to be uncovered. The writers of EE have labeled this the "artifact hypothesis".
My question for Paul concerns the misleading and inadequate portrayal of the reptile/mammal transition. For example this:
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Some textbooks alter the scale of pictures showing the order of appearance of group such as the mammal-like reptiles. This makes the features appear closer in size than they really are, and creates the impression of a close genealogical relationship, and an easy transition between different types of animals. Presentations of the reptile-to-mammal sequence, in particular, often enlarge some skulls and shrink others to make them appear more similar in size than they actually are.


Which makes it sound like paleontologists have suggested that a linear increase in size is what unites all the species in the transition. Not surprising that ID proponents would be so misleading about this, because the reptile/mammal transition is actually a good example of the de novo origination of a complex organ (the mammalian ear) - something ID says is impossible. In reality, a whole slew of traits link the species in question - traits that are not dependent on trends in size.

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(Permalink) Posted: July 16 2007,18:55   

Even though the authors are from the Discovery Institute, and even though they're repeating worn-out creationist arguments, I bet they were careful not to use the words Intelligent Design even once in the 'textbook'. Of course we're not fooled, but they hope that's enough to fool a few judges. It won't be. It's already been tried.

   
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(Permalink) Posted: July 16 2007,18:58   

I have to go play some poker. This book is just one big attempt to decieve, and it's angering up my blood.

   
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(Permalink) Posted: July 16 2007,19:04   

Hey Paul, what happened to you . . . ?

I thought you were, ya know, gonna discuss some things with us, or something . . . .?

(sound of crickets chirping)

Yep, that's what I thought.


It's easy to fight in a forum where you can kick out people who disagree with you, isn't it -- and NOT so easy to fight in a forum where you CAN'T (such as, oh, federal courtrooms, for instance).


Cowards.

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Timothy McDougald



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(Permalink) Posted: July 16 2007,22:12   

Quote (stevestory @ July 16 2007,18:55)
Even though the authors are from the Discovery Institute, and even though they're repeating worn-out creationist arguments, I bet they were careful not to use the words Intelligent Design even once in the 'textbook'. Of course we're not fooled, but they hope that's enough to fool a few judges. It won't be. It's already been tried.

Nope, they use anonymous "critics" then quotemine paleontologists, evolutionary biologists, and such, to make it seem like the criticism is coming from legitimate scientists.

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(Permalink) Posted: July 17 2007,01:09   

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Nope, they use anonymous "critics" then quotemine paleontologists, evolutionary biologists, and such, to make it seem like the criticism is coming from legitimate scientists.


The canonical example of that strategy being Phillip Johnson's "Darwin on Trial".

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Paul Nelson



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(Permalink) Posted: July 17 2007,05:18   

Steve,

I'll take your wager at 40 items, but specify the terms.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: July 17 2007,05:23   

Afarensis,

Do you have a copy of EE?  The passage in question refers not to any claim about linear increase in size, but to the practice of depicting fossil taxa on the same scale (in illustrations), without informing the reader that the actual specimens vary considerably in size.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: July 17 2007,05:33   

Hmm. Did you post a sample page that leaves out it's context? Brilliant! Is that so that you can rope these evolutionist dogmatists into bets they couldn't possibly win?

Kudos.

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(Permalink) Posted: July 17 2007,05:33   

Quote (Paul Nelson @ July 17 2007,05:23)
Afarensis,

Do you have a copy of EE?  The passage in question refers not to any claim about linear increase in size, but to the practice of depicting fossil taxa on the same scale (in illustrations), without informing the reader that the actual specimens vary considerably in size.

The point being...?

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(Permalink) Posted: July 17 2007,06:36   

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Quote (Paul Nelson @ July 17 2007,05:23)
Afarensis,

Do you have a copy of EE?  The passage in question refers not to any claim about linear increase in size, but to the practice of depicting fossil taxa on the same scale (in illustrations), without informing the reader that the actual specimens vary considerably in size.

The point being...?

To apparently cast apersions on the credibility of scientists without challenging them on the actual science.

Reminds me of this incident as related by Wes.

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(Permalink) Posted: July 17 2007,07:40   

I can see why EE references a 17-year-old science framework and not the current California science framework: the particular quote in question does not appear to exist within the current framework.

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(Permalink) Posted: July 17 2007,07:56   

Quote (Paul Nelson @ July 17 2007,05:23)
Afarensis,

Do you have a copy of EE?  The passage in question refers not to any claim about linear increase in size, but to the practice of depicting fossil taxa on the same scale (in illustrations), without informing the reader that the actual specimens vary considerably in size.

Hi, Paul

It's good to see you here and responding to questions.

When you get a free moment, please see my previous comment and let me know what credentials (i.e. peer-reviewed publications, advanced graduate training, etc.) allow you to claim that Paul K. Chien is a "marine paleobiologist".

Thanks in advance.

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(Permalink) Posted: July 17 2007,09:20   

Refresh my memory, old feeb that I am.

When has Paul Nelson ever given a straight answer or a truthful answer to any question posed?

I think there was one instance many years ago, but I don't recall exactly.

(And these people want to teach our children.  How special is that?)

  
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(Permalink) Posted: July 17 2007,16:58   

Quote (Paul Nelson @ July 17 2007,06:18)
Steve,

I'll take your wager at 40 items, but specify the terms.

I'll make no official bet. Everyone here knows you can't just admit this is repackaged creationism. That deception is the whole point of the 'textbook'. What use is this textbook to the Discovery Institute if you admit that? This book is an attempt to slip the same old bogus antievolution arguments into the schoolhouse. You tried it and called it creationism, that didn't work, you changed 'god' to 'intelligent designer', that didn't work, now you've take the words 'intelligent designer' out. But it's still the same old crap. I'm sure we're going to find plenty of creationist nonsense in the book. We've already found several items from the few excerpts we've been given.

   
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(Permalink) Posted: July 17 2007,17:12   

Quote (Paul Nelson @ July 17 2007,05:23)
Afarensis,

Do you have a copy of EE?  The passage in question refers not to any claim about linear increase in size, but to the practice of depicting fossil taxa on the same scale (in illustrations), without informing the reader that the actual specimens vary considerably in size.

Um, so what?

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(Permalink) Posted: July 17 2007,17:13   

I see that Paul is logged in right now.  I sure hope he will answer my question!

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"Rev Dr" Lenny Flank



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(Permalink) Posted: July 17 2007,17:13   

Paul, are you here to actually answer questions?  Or just BS everyone again.

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stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: July 17 2007,17:26   

Quote (Doc Bill @ July 17 2007,10:20)
Refresh my memory, old feeb that I am.

When has Paul Nelson ever given a straight answer or a truthful answer to any question posed?

I think there was one instance many years ago, but I don't recall exactly.

(And these people want to teach our children.  How special is that?)

A few years ago, Paul Nelson kind of admitted that, you know, we IDers don't exactly have what you might call a theory. Compared to people like Dembski bragging about our imminent Waterloo and comparing themselves to Isaac Newton, this seemed to be very honest. We gave him too much credit. If you thought it was dishonest of those Discovery Instituters to pretend not to be creationist, watch them now pretend not to be IDers.

Edited by stevestory on July 17 2007,18:27

   
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(Permalink) Posted: July 17 2007,17:32   

(from Seattle)

Albatrossity,

I missed that description of P.K. Chien when reviewing the galleys, but will check with the author who drafted the section (it wasn't me).  "Marine biologist" or "biologist" would be a better term.

Sorry you won't be wagering, Steve.

  
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(Permalink) Posted: July 17 2007,17:47   

Quote (Paul Nelson @ July 17 2007,17:32)
(from Seattle)

Albatrossity,

I missed that description of P.K. Chien when reviewing the galleys, but will check with the author who drafted the section (it wasn't me).  "Marine biologist" or "biologist" would be a better term.

Sorry you won't be wagering, Steve.

Well, actually, "toxicologist" would be an even more accurate description. Of the 10 biologically-relevant papers attributed to him on Web of Science, the most recent one being 1995, one is on yeast, three are on non-marine worms, one is on human erythrocytes,  and 5 are on various marine or saltmarsh organisms. ALMOST ALL of them deal with heavy metal toxicity. His qualifications to comment on a fossil and its relevance to the bogus "artifact hypothesis" seem to me to be non-existent. Finally, his publication record would suggest that he might not even be up to speed in toxicology...

I'm sure that this will be changed in the next printing, but that section should read "toxicologist" rather than marine paleobiologist. Of course, that wouldn't be as impressive in the context of that paragraph.

thanks

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(Permalink) Posted: July 17 2007,17:59   

Stephen C. Meyer
Scott Minnich
Jonathan Moneymaker
Paul A. Nelson
Ralph Seelke

4 of the 5 authors are from the Discovery Institute and this book isn't supposed to promote Intelligent Design?

Good luck finding a federal judge dumb enough to miss things like this, Paul.

   
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(Permalink) Posted: July 17 2007,18:13   

Quote (stevestory @ July 17 2007,17:26)
If you thought it was dishonest of those Discovery Instituters to pretend not to be creationist, watch them now pretend not to be IDers.

Indeed -- it ain't "intelligent design theory" anymore, now it's "teach the controversy about evolution".  They tried it in Georgia, tried it in Ohio, tried it in Kansas.  And got their ass kicked every time.

I sincerely hope that we'll get to see this latest magnum opus get incinerated in court, too.  I *love* the smell of fried creationist in the morning.

And I hope we get to watch Nelson testify about it.  But, alas, he doesn't have the ping-pongs for it.

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(Permalink) Posted: July 17 2007,18:15   

Hey Paul, does this magnificent, uh, "science textbook" tell us how old the earth is?

Why not?

(snicker)  (giggle)

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(Permalink) Posted: July 17 2007,18:17   

Quote (Paul Nelson @ July 17 2007,17:32)
I missed that description of P.K. Chien when reviewing the galleys, but will check with the author who drafted the section (it wasn't me).  "Marine biologist" or "biologist" would be a better term.

"A scientist who objects to evolution for religious reasons" would be even better, Paul.

And far more accurate.

Too honest for you, though, huh.

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(Permalink) Posted: July 17 2007,18:18   

Quote (stevestory @ July 17 2007,17:59)
Stephen C. Meyer
Scott Minnich
Jonathan Moneymaker
Paul A. Nelson
Ralph Seelke

4 of the 5 authors are from the Discovery Institute and this book isn't supposed to promote Intelligent Design?

Good luck finding a federal judge dumb enough to miss things like this, Paul.

Is it from DI's publishing company, too?

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(Permalink) Posted: July 17 2007,18:43   

Quote (Paul Nelson @ July 17 2007,05:23)
Afarensis,

Do you have a copy of EE?  The passage in question refers not to any claim about linear increase in size, but to the practice of depicting fossil taxa on the same scale (in illustrations), without informing the reader that the actual specimens vary considerably in size.

Yeah, up until you actually read it. The change in scale would be a pointless criticism of the reptile/mammal transition - unless one thinks the transition was based on an increase in size. The piece I quoted implies that this is the case, particularly the part about "...features appear closer in size than they really are, and creates the impression of a close genealogical relationship..." This is false. Traits characterizing the reptile/mammal transition are not based on similarity in size. Rather the reptile mammal transition is based on things like the evolution of the secondary palate, evolution of the mammalian ear from the reptilian jaw, evolution of the incisors, canines and check teeth -along with specific patterns of occlusion- , evolution of a bony skull from a skull mainly formed by cartilage, changes in the pectoral and pelvic girdles towards more upright posture, etc. So the question is what does the fact the scientists produce a few pictures in different scales (which even EE admits is clearly indicated by the folks producing the pictures) have to do with, well, anything?

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(Permalink) Posted: July 17 2007,18:44   

Ralph Seelke:
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Conclusion

Much has been written about whether ID can result in a viable research program (see, for example, Moreland, 1994). I believe the time has come for ID proponents to be actively contributing to important research areas. The examples I have given are meant to stimulate thinking about areas of research for ID proponents; they are by no means exhaustive. The ID interpretation of the results of this type of research will clearly be different from they typical neo–Darwinian explanation. But in time, the weight of the evidence would make the design inference more and more attractive.


That was written in 2003, back when the IDers were publishing their fake journal. ID has gotten less attractive since then, if you can possibly imagine that.

   
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(Permalink) Posted: July 17 2007,18:54   

Hey Mr. Paul Nelson,

I am a science teacher in the state of Washington and would love a review copy of EE. How can I get one?

  
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(Permalink) Posted: July 17 2007,19:03   

Quote (Paul Nelson @ July 17 2007,17:32)
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Albatrossity,

I missed that description of P.K. Chien when reviewing the galleys, but will check with the author who drafted the section (it wasn't me).  "Marine biologist" or "biologist" would be a better term.

Sorry you won't be wagering, Steve.

Hi Paul. You should check with Stephen Meyer. He (or one of the other authors) identifies Chien as a "marine paleobiologist” in Intelligent Design in Public School Science Curricula: A Legal Guidebook.

He (Meyer) also did so in his expert witness report (revised) that never made it into the Dover trial because he withdrew. Since he is a co-author of the book in question I suggest you talk with him.

I’m glad I could be of assistance in your search for the truth of who the culprit might be.

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