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Re: The Knight analogy
Say good old Charles Knight had adopted a standard pose for a bunch
of side views -- skeletons and lifes -- that he used over the many
years. It became known as the Knight Look
_Have_ the pose and the white-on-black convention become known as "the
Paul Look"? Personally I never encountered this term before the present
discussion. But I don't talk to paleoartists _that_ much, so I ask.
And if they have, isn't this just a byproduct of the fact that... I
estimate... well over half of all skeletal restorations of Mesozoic
archosaurs that have ever been done are by you? Haven't you simply
swamped the field, so some people (perhaps even yourself) now equate the
field with you?
And say this occurrence seriously cut into his income.
Well, why do you think that the style you popularized has cut into your
income? Is there evidence of this? How do you know it's not the economy
and/or the lack of a dinosaur hype in current culture (think Jurassic
Park) and/or the continuing lack of interest in science among people
If Knight were still alive today would you respond to his politely
worded statement on the list – say it was worded much the same as
mine -- by telling him to stop trying to protect his body of work?
If you want to word your statements politely, and even more if you
complain about other people's tone so much that you use it as an excuse
for not answering their questions*, why do you keep being
passive-agressive? It may be polite, but's not kind at all to use
phrases like "some people say" followed by an arguably distorted version
of what they say, so they're left thinking "he probably means me, but he
can always plausibly deny it".
* You _still_ haven't answered the question of which parts of your work
should be considered art and/or science to which extents under which
circumstances. I still don't understand why.