Thursday, December 18, 2008

Donald Prothero Reviews A Flock of Dodos

Donald Prothero, the author of the top-flight book Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters, has written a review of the book A Flock of Dodos by Barrett Brown and John Alston for Skeptic Magazine. This is not the same as Randy Olson's film of the same name. He (and they) are very forthright and caustic in their analysis:

Brown and Alston are frank about their approach from the first chapter, where they warn that they will not only step on toes, but cut them off. “This will not be a polite book. Politeness is wasted on the dishonest, who always take advantage of any well-intentioned concession, and the leaders of the so-called “Intelligent Design” movement, as we shall see, are so incredibly dishonest that they could cause a veteran heroin addict to blush — not out of any moral objection on the part of the addict, but rather out of the embarrassment that anyone could be so darned bad at lying. And, as we shall see, the Intelligent Design folks are bad liars indeed”.

They are not the first people to say so. Read the whole thing.

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