Wesley R. Elsberry (welsberr@inia.cls.org)
Tue, 7 Apr 1998 16:31:32 -0500 (CDT)

Stephen Jones writes:
On Thu, 26 Mar 1998 17:45:51 -0600 (CST), Wesley R. Elsberry wrote:

WE>Given what Popper said, the sounds coming from Australia are best
WE>classified as gnat straining and camel swallowing.

WE>I'm with Harper on this one.

SJ>Expression of brotherly evolutionist solidarity noted! Now
SJ>how about *you* actually *answering* the specific points I

I think that "gnat-straining and camel-swallowing" plus reading
what Popper wrote is a sufficient answer. The indicated
'difficulty' below demonstrates this.

SJ>In particular, if Popper really recanted, how come he left
SJ>his claim that Darwinism was an untestable metaphysical
SJ>research program in his autobiography through *three* editions
SJ>over *eight* years?

Is Stephen suggesting that every mistake that someone makes in
their life be expunged at the next available edition of their
autobiography? It's that sort of practice that gives
autobiographies a bad name, and I'm glad to hear that Popper
didn't indulge in sweeping-under-the-rug antics.

But we may not even have to infer integrity on Popper's part. ;-)
I looked back at Stephen's message of March 9, and it quoted
the 1982 *reprint* of "Unended Quest". A reprint doesn't imply
any involvement from the author, simply the publisher's
decision to print more copies. Even if Stephen misstated that,
and we really do have a series of revised editions, my comment
on the purpose of an autobiography still applies.

a lot of special pleading in the gnats-and-camels tradition.
Interestingly enough, not accepting that Popper's recantation
was a recantation is a trait Stephen shares with Laurie