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Monday, December 29, 2008

Unsupported Darwinist hype

Richard B. Hoppe wrote on Panda's Thumb,

Jeff McKee, professor of anthropology at the Ohio State University, was recently elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in the anthropology section. According to the linked press release, the honor was “For distinguished contributions to paleoanthropology, evolutionary biology, and science education.”

That last, “science education,” has to refer at least in part to Jeff’s leading role in the intelligent design creationism wars at the Ohio State Board of Education from 2002 to 2006. Jeff was one of the stalwarts in that battle, standing firm in the face of unflattering comments from creationist former members Deborah Owens-Fink and Father Michael Cochran. Jeff was also a central figure in exposing the attempted subversion of the Ohio State University’s degree granting process by packing a creationist’s doctoral committee

Hoppe did not provide a shred of evidence that those things were factors in McKee's election as a fellow of the AAAS. And if anyone should get an award for "standing firm in the face of unflattering comments," it should be me.

2 Comments:

Blogger Robert said...

>And if anyone should get an award for "standing firm in the face of unflattering comments," it should be me.<

Sir, the comments of non-notables such as myself and most commenters on your blog count for nothing. The comments you refer to Jeff receiving came from his peers, people with a responsibility to the public who are expected to keep a cool head. Also, from what I have read of your dialogues with the opposition, your opponents start off cordial and only become unkind in response to your atrocious manners and mindless mudslinging.

Saturday, January 10, 2009 3:29:00 AM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

>>>>>>>>And if anyone should get an award for "standing firm in the face of unflattering comments," it should be me.<

Sir, the comments of non-notables such as myself and most commenters on your blog count for nothing. <<<<<<

I didn't say or even imply that.

>>>>>> The comments you refer to Jeff receiving came from his peers, people with a responsibility to the public who are expected to keep a cool head. <<<<<<

WHAT? Former Ohio Board of Education members Deborah Owens-Fink and Father Michael Cochran are Jeff's peers?

>>>>>> Also, from what I have read of your dialogues with the opposition, your opponents start off cordial and only become unkind in response to your atrocious manners and mindless mudslinging. <<<<<<<

They become unkind for the reason given by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger: "I'm always kicking their butts -- that's why they don't like me."

Saturday, January 10, 2009 7:23:00 AM  

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