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FW: Ray Stanford, Time Travel, and Dinosaur Footprints (Part 1 of 2) (LONG)
Ray Stanford wrote...
<Listers, please pardon this intrusion into personal matters.
The intrusion came with the original posting. While Ray's personal
background may not be confidential information, if he wanted it dragged out
into to open on the list he probably would have brought it up himself. Ray has
produced some fine words in his posting on restricting attacks to arguments,
not individuals. While the evidence and reasoning behind an argument can be
examined and picked apart, using shoot from the hip psychology to attack people
based on thier (inferred) motivations is pointless and wastes energy that could
be spent discussing the validity (or lack thereof) of thier argument.
I remember the "_Deinosuchus_ trackway" exchange very well. While the
tone of Ray's response certainly irritated me (and probably partially inspired
the dinosaur mailing list phylogeny I wrote shortly thereafter), his most
recent posting makes it clear that he is capable of presenting an entirely
rational, well supported, and well written rebuttal.