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Friday, February 02, 2007

Books about Kitzmiller v. Dover case

The Kitzmiller v. Dover case has certainly become one of the most thoroughly dissected and analyzed court cases in American history, which is amazing considering that it is just an unappealed civil-case decision of a single judge. And as such a decision, IMO Kitzmiller has received far more attention than it really deserves -- almost all of the other famous civil cases that are known by name are US Supreme Court cases. And IMO the recent discovery that the Kitzmiller opinion's ID-as-science section was virtually copied in its entirety from the plaintiffs' opening post-trial brief greatly diminishes the value of the opinion. The megalomaniacal Judge Jones craved a prominent place in history and has achieved it, but I don't think that it is the kind of fame that he desired.

Dozens of books have been written about the evolution controversy in general, but now there are a several books that have been written or are being written specifically or primarily about the Kitzmiller v. Dover case. Probably the first book about Kitzmiller was Traipsing into Evolution, written by staffers of the Discovery Institute. Panda's Thumb has announced three new books about the case that have either been released or will be released soon: "Monkey Girl" by Edward Humes, with a release date of January 30; "40 Days and 40 Nights" by Matthew Chapman, scheduled to be released on April 10 (this is the publisher's release date -- the Panda's Thumb article says April 1); and "The Battle Over the Meaning of Everything" by Gordy Slack, scheduled to be released on May 18. Because these books are unreleased or only recently released, there is not much in the way of critical reviews of them.

Traipsing into Evolution's claim that Judge Jones ignored most of the defendants' arguments about the scientific merits of intelligent design has now been explained and corroborated by the Discovery Institute's recent discovery that the Kitzmiller opinion's ID-as-science section was virtually entirely copied from the proposed findings in the plaintiffs' opening post-trial brief while ignoring the defendants' opening post-trial brief and the plaintiffs' and defendants' answering post-trial briefs.

I intend to comment later about "Monkey Girl."

The Panda's Thumb article also notes that other books about the case are also in the works. In particular, the article noted, "Robert Pennock is working on something, as are Wes Elsberry and Ed Brayton." As for Wes "Dingleberry" Elsberry and "Fatheaded Ed" Brayton, I could not imagine anyone with lower intellectual qualifications outside of institutions for the care of the profoundly retarded. For example, in response to Casey Luskin's citations of higher-court disapproval -- in principle -- of Jones' wholesale one-sided copying of the ACLU brief, Elsberry argued that the citations do not apply because the cited cases involved the copying of a whole opinion rather than just a section of an opinion and Brayton argued that the citations do not apply because Jones copied only part of the corresponding section of the ACLU brief whereas the cited cases involved the adoption of an entire brief from one side. Sheeesh -- please give me a break.

I wonder how many times Fatheaded Ed's trademark expression "for crying out loud" is going to appear in his book.

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Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

I got it -- Wes "Ding" Elsberry.

Friday, February 02, 2007 2:50:00 PM  

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