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Re: Response to Gould?
> Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000 22:04:17 -0500
> From: "philidor11" <email@example.com>
> <I am already having people deride me for calling birds
> "living dinosaurs." One person just came into my
> office, dropped the magazine on my desk with the page
> turned to Gould's article, and then left in disgust. Help!>
> Interesting reaction, rejecting bird/dino a priori. They might be
> assuming the cultural image of dinosaurs as lumbering and extinct.
> Interestingly, livelier dinosaurs are known as part of science, but
> the cultural image is too useful to drop.
Ten years ago, yes. Now I'd swear the _Jurassic Park_ and its sequel
dominate the popular culture view of dinosaurs so totally that most
laymen -- certainly most children -- would laugh at the "lumbering
dinosaurs" that so dominated perception in the preceding decades.
That said, I admit that I too have problems with Birds Are Dinosaurs.
It's just, it's just ... just ... _wrong_. Isn't it, though?
(Yes, this is an "artistic" argument, not a scientific one :-)
/o ) \/ Mike Taylor -- <firstname.lastname@example.org> -- http://www.miketaylor.org.uk/
)_v__/\ "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has
endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us
to forgo their use" -- Galileo Galilei