RE: moths and fraud

From: Hofmann, Jim (jhofmann@Exchange.FULLERTON.EDU)
Date: Fri Apr 20 2001 - 10:28:23 EDT

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    If you go to my website below, there is a nice summary article by Grant at
    8.3a and some useful comments by textbook author Kenneth Miller at 8.3e, and
    some other stuff too.

    Jim Hofmann
    Philosophy Department and Liberal Studies Program
    California State University Fullerton

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Jeff Witters
    Sent: 4/20/2001 4:53 AM
    Subject: moths and fraud

    I am looking for some enlightenment on the matter of the famous
    moths and industrial melanism. On a biology teachers' list, I am
    the matter with a fellow who say that because the pics were staged, the
    whole matter is a case of fraud. That is, it gives the wrong idea to
    about massaging data, doctoring things to look like you want them to,

    It is my understanding that what the pics are trying to show is the
    for something that actually HAPPENED -- moths formerly selected against,

    thus low pop'l freq., then increased in freq. with the change in bark
    due to the soot. The fellow seems to me to have a somewhat naive view
    what constitutes a useful image. His excitement over this is because he

    doesn't want to give any ammo to creationists. I agree, but this seems
    be somewhat overreactive.
    Is there more to this?

    Jeff Witters
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