Monday, May 09, 2005

Do You Ever Think About Things That You DO Think About?

Scopes 2: Electric Boogaloo has already got one of the great quotes of the year:

The scientists' boycott was led by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Kansas Citizens for Science, which believe the hearings are rigged against the teaching of evolution.

Scientists said they don't see the need to cram their arguments into a few days of testimony, like out-of-state witnesses who were called by advocates of the "intelligent design" theory.

But the boycott has frustrated board members who viewed their hearings as an educational forum.

"I am profoundly disappointed that they've chosen to present their case in the shadows," board member Connie Morris said. "I would have enjoyed hearing what they have to say in a professional, ethical manner."

(Emphasis mine.)

Lessee -- that would be the scientific peer community, you superstitious ditz. Studies, data, analysis, everything checked and double-checked and then checked again, before it's finally written and published... and then checked and double-checked and then checked again by scientists around the world, making sure that the results are duplicatable. Everything they've ever said on the subject has been in the full light of day, professionally and ethically available for review and, if necessary, refutation.

As opposed to the much easier to describe, but slightly more difficult to verify, "Let there be light".

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