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On working biochemists

O’Leary: “Behe is a working biochemist

Me: “Funny definition of working you’re using there, Denyse”


  1. #1 Rosie Redfield
    November 22, 2008

    What’s with the anti-evolution Dilbert video on the O’Leary site?

  2. #2 RBH
    November 22, 2008

    My favorite quotation from that particular bit of O’Leary word salad is this:

    …the Darwin cult’s howls of outrage against [Behe’s] Edge [of Evolution] are the best evidence that he is on to something and that his work should be seriously considered at such a conference.

    Yup. When genuine scientists tell you you’re wrong about science that’s strong evidence that you’re right. Sure thing.

  3. #3 James F
    November 22, 2008

    Behe is working in that he’s a tenured faculty member at Lehigh, so I won’t begrudge him the title of working biochemist. As for praising his publication record, that’s another matter entirely. Scanning PubMed, it’s amazing that someone with tenure at a research university has had exactly two research papers in the last ten years: the admittedly-not-ID-but-touted-as-ID-anyway Behe and Snoke paper in Protein Science in 2004, and a legitimate comparative sequence analysis paper in DNA Sequence in 1998. His other “publications” during that period were four brief letters to the editor.

    Other than Behe and Scott Minnich, is there anyone in the ID movement on the faculty of a research university or heading a lab group at a company that does basic biology research? Of the two, only Minnich is still publishing – useful research, nothing to do with ID.

  4. #4 DLC
    November 23, 2008

    Um, okay. So if he’s working as a garbage-man and also happens to be a biochemist, then he’s a working biochemist?

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