Buttle's World

7 February, 2009

Collapse of a Texas Quote Mine

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 9:50

This is a hilarious fisking of the creationist liar, Donald McLeroy, who entered a lot of quotes into the record in an effort to establish that there’s some sort of scientific controversy about evolution.

Every quote is presented, first as quote-mined by Dr. McLeroy, then in the original context. For example:

Mcleroy:

“The fossil record, in spite of its many gaps, is the most irrefutable evidence for the occurrence of evolution. However, continuous fossil sequences are still the exception; the fossil record remains woefully inadequate.”

In context:

“What is most gratifying is that all findings are consistent with Darwin’s theory of common descent. Together with molecular sequences, the fossil record, in spite of its many gaps, is the most irrefutable evidence for the occurrence of evolution. However, continuous fossil sequences are still the exception; the fossil record remains woefully inadequate. For instance, we have no fossil documentation of the human ancestry between 14 and 4.5 million years ago. The most recent coelocanth fossil is dated ca. 60 million years ago and, of course, everybody concluded that this group had become extinct that long ago, until two living species were discovered within the last 50 years. However, when even such an unexpected discovery has been made, it always fitted perfectly into the Darwinian framework.”

Update: (And bumped)

Being incandescently dishonest is not enough to keep you from being re-appointed by the Governor of Texas. (Reminds me of Massachussetts: The penalty for manslaughter is reelection.) This is a shame. If dishonesty and superstition are how the Republican Party thinks it can rebuild itself, it has another think coming.

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