The Mooney Treatment: Part Deux

By Carl Zimmer | November 17, 2006 1:48 am

The Discovery Institute has fired a second post at me and my National Geographic article on evolution. I’ve updated my post to explain why they’re shooting blanks.

In the comment thread, some people asked why I was wasting time dealing with this stuff. The reason is simple: if I don’t show why these attacks are baseless, some people may assume there’s some truth to them. And since I put a fair amount of work into this article, I want to do my part to set things straight. Since the Discovery Institute does not see fit to put a comment thread on their “Evolution News and Views” site, this is the next best place for me to go about this.

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Comments (7)

  1. MartinC

    If you want a good laugh then try listening to Casey’s arguments on the Discovery Institutes podcast. Its easy to find on itunes – so long as you type in the appropriate search term.

  2. Star

    This is only loosely related to your particular post, but…

    I just wanted to thank you for the work you do. You write about life science in a way that’s informative and interesting, and comprehensible to a non-scientist. I enjoy reading your posts.

  3. Mustafa Mond, FCD

    The reason is simple: if I don’t show why these attacks are baseless, some people may assume there’s some truth to them.

    On the other hand, even if you show the attacks to be baseless, some people will assume there’s some truth to them. I’m sure you’ve dealt with Creationists enough to realize that. I take it as more evidence that the vaunted human brain is not so perfectly evolved as some people like to deny.

  4. Steviepinhead

    As others have said, it’s a tiresome and tedious task, but someone’s gotta do it.

    I’m just glad that it’s someone with your writing skills and your talent for locating and intertwining deft examples.

    Thanks, Carl!

  5. djlactin

    Perhaps it’s not so strange how IDists focus (again) on the genetic similarities in their arguments about ‘common design’, but seem to forget (ignore? sweep under the rug?) the ‘plagiarized errors’ refutation. what intelligent designer would copy boo-boos from one lineage to the next?

  6. David B. Benson

    Star and Steviepinhead speak my mind. Thank you, Carl.

  7. The lack of acceptance of comments at “Evolution News and Views” fits right in with their attitude toward publishing in peer-reviewed journals. They simply can’t stand honest, evidence-based criticism.


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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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