Re: Peppered Moths again

Brian D Harper (
Wed, 31 Mar 1999 10:02:00 -0800

At 11:11 AM 3/31/99 -0800, Art wrote:

>For those who may care, the citations below constitute what is referred to
>in logic as "ad hominem" defense, and it is usually resorted to by those
>who can make no other response. For your information, Jonathan Well has
>explored the issue in great detail and has submitted an article on the
>subject to a major scientific journal. Those who wish to defend the status
>quo on the peppered moth on this list ought to be doing what they
>ignorantly accuse Jonathan of not doing, that is , investigating the
>subject for themselves rather than resorting to arguments from authority
>and ad hominem attacks.

Well said Art. Regardless of alleged sins of creationists, Wells
has made a serious allegation which needs to be addressed. If
fraud has been committed it needs to be exposed and admitted to
openly. If some creationists don't do likewise, so what?

Brian Harper
Associate Professor
Applied Mechanics
The Ohio State University

"All kinds of private metaphysics and theology have
grown like weeds in the garden of thermodynamics"
-- E. H. Hiebert