[Matt Nisbet battles PZ Myers (artist’s rendition).]
Uh oh. There is some heavy talk coming out of some folks about this Minnesota thing in September.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Scoundrels and Aristocrats …
… In this corner, we have Author and Journalist Chris the Madman Mooney.
… In this corner, we have American University Professor Matthew The Knucklebreaker Nisbet
… and in this corner we have Anthropologist Greg Prettyboy Laden.
And it gets better: Now PZ might be coming:
There is going to be a melee in Minneapolis, a testicle-twister in the Twin Cities, a bloody battle at the Bell — the framing debate is going LIVE, in an event sponsored by the Bell Museum in Minneapolis at the end of September. On one side, Mooney and Nisbet; on the other, Greg Laden and … uh, me, I’m pretty sure. I’m still juggling some travel dates, but I think I should be able to make it.
My view is that it’s about time for some of the folks who were principals in the great framing battle of April/May 2007 to meet in a public forum for debate. I think different sides’ arguments were misunderstood, and that unfortunately it sometimes got a bit nasty (and in fact, it’s still a bit nasty over in PZ’s comments, at least towards Matt). In person, we will all conduct ourselves with proper intellectual deportment and may even achieve a semblance of common ground.
September 28. Be there. If you dare.