Friday, August 12, 2005

Bottaro on Behe and Bugs

Meanwhile, over at The Panda's Thumb, Andrea Bottaro has written this important essay documenting yet another example of ID folks just making stuff up:


Well, the Discovery Institute-sponsored translation of Sermonti’s un-informed and dis-informing book, which I reviewed a few weeks ago here on PT, is out. There isn’t much more to say about the translation that I haven’t said already, but an endorsement by Mike Behe on the back cover does stick out, and I think it’s worth discussing here. Behe says:


With charming prose, Sermonti describes biology which contradicts Darwinian expectations: leaf insects appearing in the fossil record before leaves, insects before plants, and biological forms that reflect abstract mathematical expressions. He shows that there are more things in life than are dreamt of in Darwinian philosophy.


I am sure several readers will wonder what the heck this insect stuff is about. So did I, and looked into it. In short, it means that neither Sermonti nor Behe know much about insect and plant evolution, and more significantly, they are not keen to put any effort learning about them.


As always, go to the original for links.

Bottaro goes on to describe in great detail some of the many errors Sermonti makes in his discussion of insect evolution. For some reason I continue to be surprised by how little interest ID proponents have in getting their facts right.

As for Michael Behe, he may want to have a look at the recently published The Evolution of Insects, by David Grimaldi and Michael Engel, reviewed here by Science magazine. It's almost eight hundred pages. Apparently real scientists don't find insect evolution quite as mystifying as Behe and Sermonti do.

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