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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Darwinist testified at Dover trial "with evident fierce joy"


Kevin Bunkum and Archie Bunker

-- from Uncommon Descent

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The National Center for Science Education says,

The expert witness testimony given by paleontologist Kevin Padian was a highlight of the Kitzmiller v. Dover trial. . . . .

Padian's testimony was cited several times in the court's legal decision (PDF) in the case. For example, "A series of arguments against evolutionary theory found in Pandas involve paleontology, which studies the life of the past and the fossil record. Plaintiffs' expert Professor Padian was the only testifying expert witness with any expertise in paleontology. His testimony therefore remains unrebutted. Dr. Padian's demonstrative slides, prepared on the basis of peer-reviewing scientific literature, illustrate how Pandas [the book "Of Pandas and People"] systematically distorts and misrepresents established, important evolutionary principles." The judge also noted that "Padian bluntly and effectively stated that in confusing students about science generally and evolution in particular, the disclaimer makes students 'stupid.'"
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Author Edward Humes wrote in his book about the Kitzmiller trial,Monkey Girl (Ecco 2007), "Kevin Padian, Berkeley paleontologist and curator of his university's Museum of Paleontology, entertainingly brought the bone hunter's perspective to the courtroom, the sort of character on whom the fossil-hunting hero of the film Jurassic Park was based. Padian happily showed slides of his 'critters,' as he tended to call the ancient fossils and bones he used as a window on the past. ... Padian, with evident fierce joy, debunked the often repeated claim that the absence of 'transitional fossils' was a problem for evolution and an argument for creation or intelligent design."

Padian is Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, Curator of Paleontology at the University of California Museum of Paleontology, and president of NCSE's board of directors.

So Padian showed "evident fierce joy" in jawboning about how jawbones evolved into middle-ear bones.

This is the same dude who handed out "Friend of Darwin" certificates at a reunion of the Dover plaintiffs team.

I always suspected that Darwinists are sort of crazy. I wonder what comedian is going to play Padian in "Dover: The Movie."

BTW, I never thought of the "fossil hunter" in "Jurassic Park" as a Darwinist, certainly not as a stereotype for Padian.
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4 Comments:

Blogger Erin said...

Larry,
You've made your blog boring with your new (and yes, no matter what you say, it is hypocritical) policy.

Feel free to let me know if you change it. I did /so/ enjoy the discourse that you have now prohibited. Do you remember your "no censorship" policy. Because I do, it made things lively, as compared with this new "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours" policy which makes things dull and seems mostly to be an exercise in you patting yourself on the back. If you are threatened when people disagree with you, what does that say about the strength of your arguments?

Erin.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 5:56:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

What is "lively discourse" about the following comment, dunghill:

> "I tried to follow the instructions and they did not work. Per the instructions, I saved the comment form to my hard-drive ( I could save it only as a PDF file ), filled it in, and then tried to email the filled-in form as an attachment but could not -- I could email the comment form only as an empty form. "<

The instructions work. Anyone who knows anything about computers can see what the dullard did wrong.

Thank you for helping us in two ways:

1. You gave us the address to make comments on the need to teach science, not superstition, in science classes.

2. The incoherence of your own comments will strengthen our case.

3. I found a way around your blocking of me. Even you should be able to figure out how to solve that.


The instructions don't work and the comment made no attempt to explain why they don't work and then adds insults. And does comment space need to be wasted to tell me that some readers might send in comments to the Texas Education Agency that are different from mine? And I did not block ViU -- Blogger.com does not give the capability of blocking individual commenters, and I don't know how to modify Blogger.com software to give such capability if it is possible.

And then when I delete stupid comments like the one above, I am flooded with more garbage about how I am "hypocritically" violating my no-censorship policy.

The above comment was the last straw. What kind of infantile idiot would submit a comment like that.

>>>>>> If you are threatened when people disagree with you <<<<<<

You lousy trolls are the ones who feel threatened -- that's why you try to sabotage this blog by cluttering it up with garbage.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008 6:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Michael said...

What kind of infantile idiot would submit a comment like that?

Answer: kids

Some kids have nothing better to do than to make off the wall comments that have no purpose in responding to a post.

In order to ban or block someone, generally it's the IP address in a filter. The filter detects IP, and then blocks that person. To get around such a ban normally kids change their IP address. This type of stuff happens a lot in video games.

At least Larry, the kid wasn't being abusive like some people are when they post in blogs. Not saying it was wrong to deny such a post.

I think babysitting is needed at times when one hosts a blog.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008 11:30:00 AM  
Anonymous K.I.D.S. said...

(Kibitzing Intelligent Design Skeptic)

"I think babysitting is needed at times when one hosts a blog."

Won't happen. Larry would bite the head off of a babysitter.

Friday, November 14, 2008 10:37:00 AM  

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