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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Book insults Dover attorneys, Judge Jones

The National Center for Science Education website's article about the departure of staff member Nick Matzke says,
It was in the Kitzmiller v. Dover case, however, that Matzke's star shone brightest. The staffer who was originally assigned to the case when it seemed as though it was just going to be a routine affair, he was instrumental throughout the case, providing a wealth of scientific expertise and practical advice to the legal team representing the plaintiffs. In his book on the case, 40 Days and 40 Nights (Collins, 2007), Matthew Chapman humorously wrote of Matzke, "The NCSE staffer initially assigned to the Dover flare-up, he now briefed the lawyers on the arcane ins and outs of science. Bespectacled, in his thirties, he was tall and large and peered down at you with a look of beleaguered doubt, as if to say, 'You're asking me this question about science, but you know and I know that you're not going to understand my answer, so, although I find this stuff fascinating, wouldn't you really rather go for a beer?'" We'll be buying him one or two as we bid him a fond farewell. (emphasis added)

This isn't rocket science. The book insults the lawyers -- and, by implication, Judge Jones, who may also hear the explanation -- by suggesting that they are not going to understand the answer. That is not what I would call "humorous." The correct interpretation of the "look of beleaguered doubt" is, "the answer is so obvious that I can't believe that you are too dumb to figure it out yourselves."

Matzke is entering the Ph.D. program at the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. "Integrative biology" is of course a code term for Darwinism.

BTW, I don't have a very high opinion of Matzke's replacement, Josh Rosenau, the blogger on Thoughts from Kansas. Once I was unable to post a comment on his blog and I asked him if he would do me the favor of posting it for me. He rudely refused, saying that I had an "incompetent inability" to post comments.

I think that I will now go for a beer myself.


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