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Re: When Dinosaurs Disappointed
In a message dated 8/26/99 5:26:53 PM EST, email@example.com writes:
<< Which is the point, of course. How many "usual
gaffes" would be tolerated in a program about, say,
human evolution? Or about baseball?
If any, certainly not several-pages-of-e-mail worth.>>
One gets accustomed to gaffes in dinosaur programs--and dinosaur books, for
that matter. Shoddy research is everywhere, and there's not a heck of a lot
you can do about it. Be grateful that someone somewhere has invested the
money to produce some kind of dino program at all. On the other hand,
baseball, in this country, of course is a religion, and any errors in the
statistics (RBI, ERA, etc., etc.) generated by that sport are viewed as
heresy. Every beer-bellied bonehead knows his baseball statistics (to place
bets, naturally), and announcers who don't get them right to the last decimal
place are pilloried. So huge computers are devoted to compiling real-time
baseball statistics for announcers to spout during those long pauses in the
game between pitches and side changes. When dinosaurs become a religion like
baseball, then we might actually see some accuracy in dinosaur TV shows.
<< Why is dinosaur science intrinsically less important
than (fill in virtually any other topic imaginable),
so that programs that do not adequately reflect
current thinking are nonetheless to be commended for
simply addressing the topic *at all*? That's not
meant as a rhetorical question -- I'm genuinely
curious to hear responses to this query. >>
No money in dinosaur science (usually). In this country, money = importance.
Note how the sale of Sue's skeleton brought the media out of the woodwork.
Didn't give a damn about Sue's scientific value, only how many millions the
bones brought at auction. Dinosaurs are a money sink, not a money source, and
if you want to see accuracy in dinosaur TV shows and the like, it has to be
paid for somewhere along the line.