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Monday, June 08, 2009

Turkish creationist Adnan Oktar: Catching up here with my notes - 2:

This originates from Nature, March 3, 2009, paywall:

The main Turkish government agency responsible for funding science has provoked outrage by apparently censoring a magazine article on the life and work of Charles Darwin.

The article was stripped from the March issue of the widely read popular-science magazine Bilim ve Teknik (Science and Technology) just before it went to press.

A friend writes to say,
There was a street protest meeting of the Darwinists carrying banners "We don’t want Harun Yahyas in Scientific Institutions"
Well, I am not paying a tonne to Nature to read the article protesting the fact that Darwin was not declared a saint in Istanbul.

I wonder why they think he would be.

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Adnan Oktar: Catching up here with my notes 1

Apparently, Richard Dawkins refused to meet with Turkish creationist Adnan Oktar (Wall Street Journal, March 17, 2009). Andrew Higgins reports in "An Islamic Creationist Stirs a New Kind of Darwinian Struggle") that Dawkins claimed that Oktar was not knowledgeable about zoology and biology.

Well, whoever wrote Evolution Deceit is knowledgeable, and I'd be interested to hear some reasonable answers. Would Dawkins agree to meet with a zoologist who thinks that that book makes reasonable points?

Meanwhile, let me take this op to say that Higgins's article is just the usual baff that explains why so few North Americans pay much attention to troubled "local" media - begging to be rescued by the US Prez at taxpayer expense - any more.

How many times do we have to say it, High Price Media?: We don't believe what you write any more. We can't. It's too unlike what we know is true.

Many of us realize that the universe did not get started purely by chance.

Oktar may be right or wrong, or a good man or a bad man. I am told that he sponsored a book that minimizes the Holocaust, which - in my part of the world - would pretty much terminate an acquaintance.

My father was a veteran of World War II. We'd love to believe the Holocaust didn't really happen, but we can't. We must live with the knowledge of the unspeakable evil of which humans are capable. Used rightly, that warning about the irredeemable past can lead to future good.

I am not Oktar's defense lawyer and make no case one way or the other for him. However, I want to know what is going on over there in Turkey, and it won't be my fault if I don't find out.

Surprising as it may be to some tenured profs, many of us are pretty good at figuring out what is just not true. So we keep on investigating.

The newspapers that quote the tenured profs spouting "evolutionary psychology" with great respect can just ruddy well go under.

They never bother to question what everyone else questions? Fact is, we no longer have the tax money to support the bailouts they will need.

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