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Re: SVP statement on Dr. Rensberger-Burke Museum
The "stretch" is trying to defend the indefensible. The idea that he did
more good than bad so it makes his crime acceptable is what concerns me. The
only thing I know for sure is that someone went onto land and took something
that didn't belong to them. I don't care what his intent was, or if the end
result was a positive thing for your industry. The fact is that some people
are making excuses for his actions and are trying to rationalize them simply
because it supports their personal agendas.
The point of this original thread was that there appeared to be hypocrisy in
the way the academic community is reacting to these thefts of fossils. Cloud
the issues any way you wish, but you are making the very point of the
original comments. Theft of fossils is ok for some people, but not for
From: Tim Williams <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: SVP statement on Dr. Rensberger-Burke Museum
Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2006 13:41:35 -0500
Dinosaur World <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
But his illegal collecting DID personally benefit him. Certainly anyone who
is making fossils available to the science community is going to be viewed
as a value or asset to that community. Just because he did not accept an
actual paycheck does not mean he didn't benefit.
Hoo boy, that's a stretch.
His income, no matter where it came from, is going to be impacted by his
"perceived value" to those who pay him or give him his grants.
I'm guessing that you don't actually *know* this to be the case.
So the idea that did not benefit from his illegal activity because he
didn't get a check handed to him for a specific fossil is, in my opinion,
As they say in those 'Law&Order' shows... "It goes to motive, your Honor".
There is a HUGE difference between selling a fossil into private hands
(essentially removing it from the realm of science) and depositing it in a
public institution for the purposes of scientific study. Remember,
collecting fossils is a means to an end, not an end unto itself.
If we look for reasons to excuse what he did, then shouldn't we applaud the
private collectors for their impact on the economy?
The black economy, or the economy in general? I'm sure the illegal sale of
Liaoning fossils has improved the living standards of a number of Chinese
peasants, so in this sense it's made an inroad into Third World poverty. Is
this the kind of thing you're referring to?
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