This story is getting a lot of attention suddenly: it’s a blog about a biologist reshelving creationist crap in bookstores. It’s good stuff … but I thought we all did this. You mean most people don’t?


  1. #1 Tom
    July 30, 2007

    Wow.. that’s awesome… that blog is now one of my favorites.

    I do hate, as a past student of philosophy, how book stores often group it in with New Age or Religion. Sure, some of it is fluff, but not all of it.

    This does give me a new reason to stop by the bookstore at malls. (Otherwise I order everything off of Amazon.)

  2. #2 Casey
    July 30, 2007

    I have done that several times. Usually, it just involves hiding books by Coulter and O’Reilly.

  3. #3 tony
    July 30, 2007


    Sometimes they go into the Children’s Fairy Tales section.

    Doncha think that’s awfully cruel in this supposedly enlighted age?

  4. #4 Brownian
    July 30, 2007

    Anyway, the moral is: shop at independent bookstores! We (speaking generally, as times are not good for most independents) need your business. Our stocking decisions aren’t made by faceless corporate overlords, and the more educated people buy from us, the less we have to pander to Reiki healers, et cetera.

    Hear, hear! Edmonton has a few really good independent bookstores (Audreys and Greenwoods’ to name two), but few bookstores outside of universities have science sections large enough to feed my appetite.

  5. #5 Karley
    July 30, 2007

    Wow, I thought I was the only person to do stuff like that. Instead of reshelving, I usually just hide the books behind better, bigger ones. Behe usually fits quite snugly behind Dawkins, for example.

  6. #6 Tulse
    July 30, 2007

    it’s really just petty vandalism

    Yep. And lame. And kinda sad. And completely ineffectual. And only really inconveniences innocent third parties, the poor clerks in low wage jobs who have to re-re-shelve the material.

    I really hope that Dawkins and Dennett and Harris don’t engage in such small behaviour.


  7. #7 Hoosier mama
    July 30, 2007

    …sure its petty, but at least the guy isn’t peeing or defecating in them

  8. #8 arachnophilia
    July 30, 2007

    ok, i have mixed feelings about this.

    does it make the average person looking for a copy of “edge of evolution” more or less likely to browse the legitimate science titles?

  9. #9 Paguroidea
    July 30, 2007

    Look! On the Minnesota Atheists site at !

    It has a post that says

    “If you’ve ever been frustrated in a search for books on nonbelief in your local bookstore or annoyed by their inclusion in the comparative religion section, Borders Books has remedied the situation. “Atheism and Agnosticism” has been added as a new section for the works of Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and many others. We hope other bookstores will follow this example, and encourage our members to suggest they do.”

    Has anyone seen Borders Books with this new section?

  10. #10 not today
    August 2, 2007

    Inspired by these fine examples, I popped over to my nearest bookstore and reshelved three hardback copies of “The edge of evolution” in the “Christianity” section. I guess technically it should have gone under Satanism but they don’t seem to have that category 🙂

    Satanism would be in the New Age section under witchcraft. Go fig’r.

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