You may recall that a few days ago, Carl Zimmer posted a discussion of an issue that came up on Bloggingheads TV recently. Apparently, on two separate occasions, bloggingheads ended up entertaining obnoxious discussions by creationists during what otherwise would have been science time. Well, I don’t know if they were actually obnoxious but I do agree with Carl that it is a slipup to allow this sort of thing to happen.
Carl seems to be fairly unhappy about this, and Sean Carrol even less happy, having written off bloggingheads entirely because of this event.
In an apparent response to this, bloggingheads has put up the following discussion between Robert Wright and George Johnson about that event. Since I’m in a place where my Internet connection is very slow (since I’m poaching it off a nearby cabin) I can’t watch it. But you can!
David Dobbs and I have completed our work on a bloggingheads thingie that should be up later today. This whole maneno about the creationists attempts to take over the radio station, as it were, came along when we were already in progress, so David and I decided to stick our heads in the proverbial sand and ignore it until we were done. There is a large difference between not engaging and dis-engaging. Personally, I’m inclined to not care too much if the creationists occasionally take over the radio station, because it just brings them out in the open where we can have our way with them. But, I say that having not listened to (watched) those particular shows, and having not been involved in bloggingheads in the way Zimmer and Carrol have. (In other words, I’m not trying to second guess them).
If our (David and mine) blogginheads thingie works and is posted I’ll let you know as soon as I know.