Re: Dembski and Nelson at MIT and Tufts

Arthur V. Chadwick (
Mon, 05 Apr 1999 18:25:21 -0700

>Because you have no formal training or experience in biology, so you cannot
>spot their errors. Also you are as arrogant as they are.

Well, I do have some minor experience in Biology. If that makes me
arrogant, so be it, but I would consider it a privilege to only be as
arrogant as Paul Nelson. He strikes me as being rather humble, given his
credentials and expertise.
>But you ignored my question: if a non-geologist came to your college and
>spoke to you and your colleagues, saying in essence that you guys were all
>wrong in your thinking and research, and he was going to set you straight,
>what would your reaction be?

I would listen to what he had to say, and attempt to evaluate it in the
best light possible. After all, he is the one out on a limb. Remember
Kuhn has asserted that it is ususally people from outside the formal
training of a disipline (or those very young in it) who make the major
breakthroughs. If you fail to hear them, or deliberately ignore what they
are saying, you deserve to be left in the dark.