Friday, April 07, 2006

Dunford on Pianka

Mike Dunford has writeen this excellent post pointing out the manifest distortions in the coverage of the Pianka situation provided by the Texas newspaper The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise. Dunford's conclusion:

The article in the Seguin Gazette-Enterprise contains numerous misquotes and out of context quotes. All of them err in the same direction - making Pianka look bad. It is almost impossible to believe that this is the result of anything other than deliberate effort on the part of the paper.

Now follow the link and read all the gory details.


At 9:52 PM, Blogger Martin Wagner said...

Check out Panda's Thumb. The Seguin paper has been feverishly expunging any Pianka articles from their database. Pretty hilarious.

At 11:38 PM, Blogger jj mollo said...

Skeptacles is discussing a theory that an envious colleague is behind a lot of the negativity.

At 2:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you sure you want to call that an "excellent article"? Don't you think Pianka still sounds like an idiot, just in a different way than Dredge made him out to be?

"But did you ever wonder why things like SARS and now what the Avian Flu are continually cropping up? They're cropping up because we were dumb enough to make a perfect epidemiological substrate for an epidemic." No, they're popping up because we now have a CDC sophisticated enough to notice. SARS and Avian Flu are hardly blips on the radar.

"Although Ebola kills 9 out of 10 people, outbreaks have so far been unable to become epidemics because they are currently spread only by direct physical contact with infected blood." No, Ebola is not an epidemic precisely because it kills 9 out of 10 people. Epidemics, like the Spanish Flu, have a much lower mortality rate, allowing carriers to spread it.

" ... it is only a matter of time until Ebola zaire evolves the capacity to be airborne." Is that a concept of evolution that anyone on this blog can agree with? WIth only minor changes it sounds like ID.

Making Mims a fool and Dredge a nuisance are worthy fights, but face it, Pianka isn't worth fighting over.

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