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.


  1. #1 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.

  2. #2 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.