Re: person versus issues

Pattle Pun (
Fri, 21 Mar 1997 13:52:25 -0600 (CST)

On Fri, 21 Mar 1997, Joel Cannon wrote:

> Were Phillip Johnson representing a client in, say a cardiology or
> HIV-related case, he would legitimately challenge any witness's
> credentials who had no training in those fields. The basis for this
> challenge would be that the witness lacked the credentials that would
> qualify him to discuss the technical issues at hand.
> Similarly here, it is legitimate to discuss Johnson's credentials AND
> to discuss the issues. However, in evaluating Johnson's technical
> claims I tend to rely on people I know who have knowledge of the
> subjects he talks about, and their evaluation is not positive.
Three of us, a cell biologist, chairman of Univ. San Francisco biology
dept., a former biochemist from Del Monte and myself, a molecular
biologist, translated Phil Johnson's book into Chinese. We find all of
his technical information accurate except for minor details that we have

> ------- > Joel W. Cannon > Dept. of Physics
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Dr. Pattle Pun
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Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL 60187
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