Friday, April 07, 2006

Eric Pianka

I'd written before about the whole Eric Pianka thing... not posting the full thing here because I consider this to be a specialized little hate-interest for me...
Pharyngula  posted

Forrest Mims: A wanna-be bully

Eric Pianka is eccentric, opinionated, and outspoken; many people might disagree with specific bits and pieces of his position. But I don't think that he is a eugenicist, a hate-filled fan of the Third Reich, an advocate of planned genocide, anti-human, or a crazed scientist planning the death of humanity. Nick Matzke has compiled a list of the slander that's been aimed at Pianka . It ain't pretty.

Transcripts of his talks are beginning to emerge; he has given this same talk, "The Vanishing Book of Life", seven times now, and the only time it has received this level of vituperation is when a creationist in the audience distorted its message. It's an entirely manufactured controversy, to no one's surprise: that's what creationists do.

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