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Monday, August 31, 2009

Magic at Bloggingheads TV: Design theorist goes poof!, then ...

Forget rabbits and hats: Design theorist Mike Behe disappears and then reappears on Bloggingheads.
I’ve just been through the weirdest book-related experience I’ve had since a Canadian university professor with a loaded rat trap chased me around after a talk I gave a dozen years ago, threatening to spring it on me.
Apparently, vitriol over this interview caused Behe's discussion partner John McWhorter to ask that it be removed.

He wrote primly,
"John McWhorter feels, with regret, that this interview represents neither himself, Professor Behe, nor Bloggingheads usefully, takes full responsibility for same, and has asked that it be taken down from the site. He apologizes to all who found its airing objectionable."
This is not only objectionable, it is astounding. McWhorter was there, he said what he did, so how can he claim that it doesn't represent him?

(Note: In complete fairness to him, anyone who has not dealt with Darwinist vitriol may be tempted to just back down - but after a while one learns to cope with it. Basically, they were enraged because he had a civilized exchange of ideas with Behe , and that sort of thing is not to their taste, as much experience shows.)

A day later, the show was back up. So looks like the Darwin thugs lost that round.

Behe writes,
Well, mobs, including internet mobs, are scary things, and it’s understandable to panic when they unexpectedly show up at your door. But if you’re going to set up a website to air discussions about contentious issues of the day, you should have a whole lot more guts than displayed by Bloggingheads TV.
Better see it while you can though.

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