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Re: OCCAM'S RAZOR & THERIZINOSAURS
John V Jackson wrote:
> --Original Message-- From: Thomas R. Holtz, Jr Date: 31 July 1998 14:09
> Subject: Re: OCCAM'S RAZOR & THERIZINOSAURS
> >At 12:11 AM 7/29/98 +0100, John "High Priest of Olsvhevsky-ism" Jackson
> >>Yup. Three wierd discoveries within twelve months, and only George
> >>"Cassandra" Olshevsky's theories predicted them all. Spooky eh?
> >Very curious statement...
> Come on Tom - when are you going to give him some credit for his
> predictions? After all, prediction surely is an important part of that
> fully-agreed-upon unchanging entity you suggest "science" is!
> It would have been a bit mean to have named all the people who hadn't
> 1) Sinosauropteryx's fluffy stuff
> 2) Caudipteryx (& Protarchaeopteryx)'s feathers
> 3) The early Jurassic "therizino..."
> . . . as well as a bit laboured. As you've called it into question though,
> I feel justified in pointing out that no cladogram-wielding professional
> palaeontologist well known to this list (for example you and Chris)
> predicted *all three* (except perhaps for > . . . the Colbert-Chatterjee
> hypothesis (i.e., all major lines of dinosaurs originated in the Triassic) <
> . . . which may be an honest expression of belief but is unfortunately
> difficult to test).
OTOH, it's also true that I managed to predict items 1 and 2 in January 1996,
eight months before _Sinosauropteryx_ started making headlines. If I could get
them right, they must not be all that earthshaking, n'est-ce pas?
-- Jon W.