Pharyngula

ERV makes Dembski not-backdown and not-cry

You all remember Dembski’s recent faux pas — he was caught stealing a science video from Harvard/XVIVO for use in his Intelligent Design creationism lectures. Dembski has issued one of his patented not-pologies. He now declares that all of the allegations against him are false, but he now promises to no longer use the video. You see, he really didn’t steal it. Here’s his excuse.

The video was so good that I wanted to use it in some of my public presentations, but when I tried to purchase a DVD of it (I sent several emails to relevant parties), I was informed it wasn’t ready.

Translation: He wanted to use the really good video, but the owners said “no”, so he had to use it without their permission. Yeah, that’s the ticket. That’s not stealing. That’s appropriating-without-the-owner’s-permission, a whole different thing.

For a kinder, gentler summary, see Tyler DiPietro.

Keep an eye on ERV, I’m sure she’ll have more to say later.


As expected, ERV speaks.

Comments

  1. #1 Blake Stacey
    November 26, 2007

    There’s also some question as to whether the picture Dembski used in that post is legitimate. . . stay tuned.

  2. #2 David Marjanovi?, OM
    November 27, 2007

    In legalese latin, res ipso loquitor.

    Unlike some kinds of American English, Latin has more than one unstressed vowel. Res ipsa loquitur — the thing/affair itself speaks.

    For those who think Dembski was indulging in parody:

    That was a joke. Dembski has ended up making a parody of himself, as usual.

  3. #3 David Marjanovi?, OM
    November 27, 2007

    In legalese latin, res ipso loquitor.

    Unlike some kinds of American English, Latin has more than one unstressed vowel. Res ipsa loquitur — the thing/affair itself speaks.

    For those who think Dembski was indulging in parody:

    That was a joke. Dembski has ended up making a parody of himself, as usual.

  4. #4 Brownian, OM
    November 27, 2007

    Isn’t this exactly the sort of behaviour people like Dembski believe occurs due to the acceptance of evolution and scientific materialism?

  5. #5 DLC
    November 27, 2007

    For David Marjanovi?, OM (in 61)
    You corrected my use of Latin, and I stand corrected.

    At least we both agree that Dembski is a joke.

  6. #6 David Marjanovi?, OM
    November 27, 2007

    Omnia dicta fortiora si dicta Latina.

    Heh heh!

    All that is said is stronger if said… wait… Latine “in Latin” would make sense.

  7. #7 David Marjanovi?, OM
    November 27, 2007

    Omnia dicta fortiora si dicta Latina.

    Heh heh!

    All that is said is stronger if said… wait… Latine “in Latin” would make sense.

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