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.
Philosophy Department and Liberal Studies Program
California State University Fullerton
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?
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