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Re: Feduccia (mis)quotes me and mentions the DML in his new book
BANDits and creationists - barely a difference. This case has the
quote mining, the ignoring of facts and evidence in favor of ad
hominem attacks, and so on. I've said it before:
Dr. Heinrich Mallison
Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz-Institut
für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung
an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Office phone: +49 (0)30 2093 8764
Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt.
Gaius Julius Caesar
On Wed, Jan 4, 2012 at 5:41 AM, Tim Williams <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Mickey Mortimer <email@example.com> wrote:
>> Thought you all might find this interesting...
> Irrespective of who said what, it's actually very unfair to mine a
> mailing list like the DML for comments in order to characterize an
> entire body of scientific study, given that the DML actively
> encourages (as it should) opinions and contributions from amateurs.
> Feduccia's editorial is also hypocritical, given that his stablemate
> Storrs Olson is on the record (in a published journal) using highly
> charged language to define his scientific opponents. The weaker the
> science, the more contentious and vitriolic its adherents, indeed.
> The following are lines from Olson's review of 'New Perspectives on
> the Origin and Early Evolution of Birds. Proceedings of the
> International Symposium in Honor of John H. Ostrom'. The Auk: 119:
> 1202-1205. The article not only features quite a few personal barbs,
> but also includes an imputation of outright fraud by paleontologists:
> "One of the rituals of the Birds-Are-Dinosaurs-Movement (BADM) is to
> hold periodic symposia to reaffirm the belief that birds really are
> dinosaurs, much as Southern Baptists hold revival meetings."
> "Kevin Padian, the Elmer Gantry of the theropod crusade, is an author
> on no fewer than four contributions, which does nothing to diminish
> the impression of the whole volume as a dreary, sectarian tract from
> the Kingdom Hall of Hennig's Witnesses."
> "Having to suppress one's gag reflex as early as page 3, where we read
> about 'the considerably more lively varieties [of dinosaurs] flitting
> about our backyards,' only generates queasiness for tackling what
> "The whole underpinning of the BADM is cladism, a systematic
> formulation elevated to a religion years ago and with adherents as
> fervent as any biblical zealot."
> "None of this 'dino-fuzz' exhibits the structure of a pennaceous
> feather. Furthermore, there reportedly are in the same deposits
> various other organisms, unrelated to birds or theropods, that sport
> those same filaments. If so, the information has been suppressed."
> "Prum's own essay is little more than naked proselytizing, designed to
> cajole the heathen onto the path of enlightenment."