Joined: April 2005
Why, yes. Yes, it did. And, though "anyone's" thread is about to close, I don't think "anyone" is banned from the forum, and, should he have a sensible response to Numbers, I imagine he could post it here. (I shall resist the urge to "debate" it, though.)
|Did that remind you of anyone? |
As with the whole selling of the Iraqle Debaqle, the more regrettable failure has been the willingness of "Time, Newsweek, and others" to uncritically broadcast the claims of the scammers.
|[interviewer:] Are we going to see this war between evolutionism and creationism continue for years to come? |
[Numbers:] I probably shouldn't even try to answer that question. Historians generally shouldn't try to be prophets. But it doesn't seem to be declining in any way right now. I think the creation scientists are still extremely strong. Some people say the intelligent design movement has eclipsed the creation scientists. But I think that's judging strength by press coverage. And the press will cover it only when it's exciting, when there's a legislative battle or a court case. I'm shocked by how much publicity the intelligent design movement has gotten in 15 years. They have a very good public relations machinery. So you have a handful of people in Seattle at the Discovery Institute and a few million dollars a year to play with, and they've convinced Time, Newsweek and others that the whole scientific community is divided over intelligent design. It's amazing!
Scammers, like the poor, we will always have with us. And there will always be a gullible target group. But I'm not at all confident democracy can survive the kind of atrocious (non)journalism that's been the sorry legacy of the past decade or two in the USA.
Must... not... scratch... mosquito bite.