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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Judge "Jackass" Jones still on lecture circuit

I think that Judge John E. "Jackass" Jones III's fifteen minutes of fame were probably up a long time ago. There will be no more listing in Time magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people. No more listing as one of Wired magazine's 10 sexiest geeks. No more honorary degrees. And the ex-celebrity judge who once got more speaking requests than he could handle is probably getting few speaking requests today. But he is giving occasional public speeches. I previously noted that he is scheduled to be a keynote speaker at Hofstra University's "Darwin's Reach" conference. And a NY Times article titled "Philadelphia Set to Honor Darwin and Evolution" says,

Nine academic, scientific and cultural institutions around the city are holding a Year of Evolution, a series of exhibitions, seminars and lectures to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin next February, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his seminal work, β€œThe Origin of Species.”

Events will include a talk by John E. Jones III, a federal judge who ruled in 2005 that teaching intelligent design β€” the belief that some aspects of nature are so complex that they must be the work of a higher power rather than of evolution β€” in public school science classes was unconstitutional.

I wonder if Judge Jones will continue to violate his pledge to not speak publicly about the specifics of the Kitzmiller v. Dover case.

Also, I wonder why Philadelphia, of all places, is holding a "Year of Evolution" celebration.

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Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

But Larry noted that Jones isn't cool:
He's a goofy ruler with scarcely a rule
To guide his blunder, his folly and flaw,
As he ignores fact and misapplies law.

He preaches his doctrine, he prances and cries
On the lecture circuit in legal disguise:
He'd come to your town, and ruin your school,
But luckily Larry has proved he's a fool!

(Slightly revised by Jim Sherwood from a longer poem, which the anomymice who nibble here are welcome to read, in the Limericks& Other Poetry section.)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 2:55:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

You are a very talented poet, Jim.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 3:39:00 PM  
Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

Thanks, Larry.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 5:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You deserve each other.

< Larry has proved he's a fool! >

Sad but true.

Thursday, June 26, 2008 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

I find it amusing that these guys are getting ready for a Darwin-fan celebration next year, although that's consistent with their old habits of thought, that they've had for many decades. But it appears to me that Darwinism is so nearly down the drain that I wonder why I even bother to keep twisting old Chuck's beard? I often feel somewhat sorry for old Charlie at this point, although I can imagine that the decline of the old ideas will be slow, so that Darwinism, at least of some sort or the other, will continue to exert a considerable influence for twenty more years, or even longer. It's a bit like Max Planck's remark that new ideas in science don't win out by convincing their old-guard opponents, but only when those adversaries die and a new generation, familiar with the new views, replaces them. A bit like change by natural selection. And the same applies to changes in human thought in general, I think: not only in science. So change is always gradual.

Thursday, June 26, 2008 5:22:00 PM  
Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

Larry, the Blogger often keeps claiming that my password is wrong, although it isn't. I've also checked to see if anyone else has been using Blogger here on the same computer, and it turns out that they haven't. Anyway I couldn't post one comment recently at all, it insisted the password was wrong. So I'm just going to try now to see if it posts this one.

Thursday, June 26, 2008 6:19:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

>>>>> Larry, the Blogger often keeps claiming that my password is wrong, although it isn't. <<<<<

I don't know why, Jim. I usually do not have to enter a password because I am constantly logged on to Google/Blogger.com (though I am sometimes spontaneously logged off). You could choose the "Anonymous" option or "Name/URL" option -- that way you would not need a password (if you use the "Anonymous" option, you could of course identify yourself by signing your comment).

Thursday, June 26, 2008 6:43:00 PM  

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