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Jason Spaceman



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 27 2006,01:56   

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By: BRADLEY J. FIKES - Staff Writer

ESCONDIDO ---- He taught physics at some of the world's most prestigious universities, wrote 300 scientific papers and performed research on superconductivity for IBM and Arco Solar. He survived a Soviet labor camp and emigrated to Israel when it wasn't easy. But 12 years after his retirement from teaching physics, Mark Perakh, 81, is enjoying his greatest fame.

Perakh has become known as one of the most well-known writers on the boundaries between science, religion and pseudoscience. That's due in large part to the Web. Perakh helped create the Talk Reason site, www.talkreason.net, where he writes about science and religion. He regularly contributes on the popular Panda's Thumb Web site (www.pandasthumb.org).

Perakh staunchly defends evolutionary theory against intelligent design creationism, the claim that life is so complicated that it must have a supernatural origin. He published a book on the subject in 2004, "Unintelligent Design."

Research in ashes

Right now, Perakh's biggest concern is getting his life back in order. His home in northern Escondido was destroyed by a fire in January, along with its belongings. He's now renting a nearby house off of Mountain Meadow Road.


Read it here.

   
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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 27 2006,02:01   

:angry:

  
Alan Fox



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 27 2006,03:18   

I'm ashamed to say I did not realise this had happened to Professor Perakh until reading this post. There is more comment here. I admire Professor Perakh immensely, having had some brief email correspondence and having read a fair bit of his devastating critiques of Isaac Dembski.

The linked article also reminded me of what a slimeball Dave Springer is. Such contrasts between the integrity, charm and wit of Professor Perakh and the devious, dishonest, ego driven likes of Psycho Springer need promoting.

I hope Professor Perakh is making progress in getting his life back in order. Is there any news, Wesley?

  
Carol Clouser



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 28 2006,19:58   

I am truly sorry to hear about Mark Perakh's difficulties. Despite disagreeing with him on some important issues, I admired his ability to distill complex material into an organized and coherent whole. Right now his UNINTELLIGENT DESIGN is paired up on Amazon with Landa's IN THE BEGINNING OF. I wish him a speedy return to normalcy and many sales of both their books.

  
Stephen Elliott



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 28 2006,23:25   

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How very sad. At least nobody was killed.

This makes me angry and a little sick.

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Mark appears to be your usual outspoken Darwinist - a nobody thatís done nothing notable in his field of expertise vainly trying to make a mark outside their field of expertise. Fits right in with poseurs Wesley Elsberry, Ed Darrel, Nick Matzke, Ed Brayton, Eugenie Scott, et al.

But hey, he got a special doctoral degree in the Soviet Union thatís greater than any doctoral degree you can get in the United States. With Russian physics PhDís like Mark itís no wonder the Soviet Union lost the cold war.

Comment by DaveScot ó August 16, 2005 @ 9:06 am



But in reality.

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Mark Perakh, science defender

By: BRADLEY J. FIKES - Staff Writer

ESCONDIDO ---- He taught physics at some of the world's most prestigious universities, wrote 300 scientific papers and performed research on superconductivity for IBM and Arco Solar. He survived a Soviet labor camp and emigrated to Israel when it wasn't easy. But 12 years after his retirement from teaching physics, Mark Perakh, 81, is enjoying his greatest fame.
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Education

According to his resume, Perakh studied technical engineering and physics at the Odessa Institute of Technology in Ukraine, Odessa Polytechnic University and Kazan Institute of Technology. He received a Diploma of Doctorate of Sciences, the Soviet Union's top scientific degree, in 1967.

Unhappy with Soviet totalitarianism, Perakh began questioning Marxism, especially its claims to be scientific. That questioning came at considerable cost: In 1958, he was sent to a Siberian prison camp for several years. After he got out, Perakh decided to emigrate. He and his family left for Israel in 1973.

From 1973 to 1978, Perakh taught as a professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, performing research in photodeposition of semiconductor films and electrodeposition. In 1978, he taught as a visiting professor at the Royal Society of England. In that year, Perakh switched to the private sector, taking a series of jobs at IBM, Arco Solar and Bourns Inc. of Riverside.

In 1985, Perakh began teaching at Cal State Fullerton. He also taught part time at San Diego State University, Cal Poly Pomona and UC Irvine. He retired in 1994.
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That is the sort of non-achievement most people would be proud of.

Dave Scott, name a few people who support ID that have had a career aproaching Dr. Perakhs.

  
Arden Chatfield



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 01 2006,05:40   

It's easier than that. Ask Scot to please tell us what he has accomplished.

And please, no blithering about his time at Dell.

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tiredofthesos



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 01 2006,19:29   

Isn't anyone else who read her post dumbfounded and disgusted that Carol used this condolence thread to shill for that shitty book with which she always bores the living daylights out of everyone?

†No matter how low you imagine a certin kind of "religious" person can crawl - no matter how low the limbo bar of tastelessness is set - they can still find a new way to justify Twain's and Swift's evaluations of the "spiritual" value of the human species.

  
Bebbo



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 02 2006,22:29   

Quote (Arden Chatfield @ Mar. 01 2006,11:40)
It's easier than that. Ask Scot to please tell us what he has accomplished.

And please, no blithering about his time at Dell.


Even in retirement, an older Mark Perakh has achieved more than the younger retired DaveScot who's notable only for being a jerk on blogs.

  
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