Joined: April 2007
|Quote (olegt @ Dec. 30 2008,16:03)|
|I avoid Wikipedia at all costs, always preferring other sources.|
Please, NOT in publishing, online or otherwise.
Just don’t ever quote Wikipedia as a source to me, and expect me to take it as some kind of authority.
Really, Denyse? Your book By Design or by Chance contains at least 5 references to Wikipedia. Did you mean to say that you had been unable to find any other sources to tell you about the Big Bang, Georges Lemaitre and convergent evolution?
For the record, I think Wikipedia is an excellent starting point for learning about a subject, but it is not an authoritative source. I would not cite in a publication.
She is on a roll today, even for her. Back-to-back own goals.
First a DO'L patented "buy my books" plug:
Okay, not really - that's the title of the book she is touting, not a description of her literary output. She brings up the false positive design inference of the "canals" on Mars. She quotes the book:
|If you got money for Christmas, 10 Books That Screwed Up the World: and 5 Others That Didn’t Help would be a good use of your dime.|
|The lesson is simple enough. Schiaparelli, Lowell, Wells, and a host of other scientists and popularizers wanted to see life on Mars. The alien enthusiasts just wanted to see what was fuzzy as straight and geometrical because they wanted Mars to be populated with aliens. It is often our desire to have something be true that makes us clearly and distinctly see the false as true, the imagined as real. This is as true in the history of science as it is in our everyday life. In either case, reality is the appropriate test of our everyday beliefs and scientific theories. (pp. 25-26)|
No parallels to ID there, no sir.
Given that we are all descended from Adam and Eve...genetic defects as a result of intra-family marriage would not begin to crop up until after the first few dozen generations. - Dr. Hugh Ross