Pharyngula

I can almost understand plagiarizing Glenn Greenwald, but what is beyond comprehension is building a blog that seems to be entirely a mass of unattributed, plagiarized content. He’s got sections in the sidebar for “Recent Posts” and “The Latest from Mark Mitchell”, and I thought for a moment that maybe the latter would be his original content, but no, those are plagiarized, too. It’s as if Chauncey Gardiner were to write a blog—a completely empty, uncreative mind is just shuffling scraps from the internet and calling it his work.

And there’s almost no quality control at all — he’s parroting me!

Comments

  1. #1 Blake Stacey
    May 30, 2007

    Um, Google Scholar shows that The Selfish Gene alone has been cited 3,885 times. ISI, which is probably more restrictive, actually lists 104 publications by Dawkins, cited 2,174 times.

    Is WtHiRD’s post just a recycling of some UD screed?

  2. #2 David Marjanovi?
    May 30, 2007

    He has no more scientific authority than a suburban school teacher.

    You overlooked one thing: “scientific authority” is a contradiction in itself. Arguments from authority are unscientific.

    If “a suburban school teacher” understand the scientific method, let them write books on that. More power to them.

  3. #3 David Marjanovi?
    May 30, 2007

    He has no more scientific authority than a suburban school teacher.

    You overlooked one thing: “scientific authority” is a contradiction in itself. Arguments from authority are unscientific.

    If “a suburban school teacher” understand the scientific method, let them write books on that. More power to them.

  4. #4 Bob O'H
    May 30, 2007

    WhHIRD – if you can’t use Web of Science, it’s not Dawkin’s fault. I found 22 articles from an R. Dawkins from Oxford that look like his work (try the author search). And if you look for cited works by R. Dawkins, you find a pile of them: over 800 for Blind Watchmaker, over 100 for Climbing Mount Improbable, over 1000 for Extended Phenotype, about 3000 for Selfish Gene (that’s listed 138 times, because of misprints, references to different editions, pages etc.).

    And that’s before you look at his papers: some of those have citations in the 100s too.

    Bob

  5. #5 Blake Stacey
    May 30, 2007

    Bob O’H:

    WtHIRD posted exactly the same message a few hours ago. By the time I had commented about it, PZ had deleted it.

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