Update on the Flannery (& Dembski) Wallace Book

Just a quick update on the book I mentioned last night. It appears that it will be published by Dembski's vanity press (for which Flannery is in charge of publicity and marketing). The work is not an edited series of papers, but a re-issue of Wallace's World of Life (available for free here) with an introduction by Flannery and foreword by Dembski.

So nothing interesting here, I'm afraid, beyond perhaps some breathless claims that "OMG! Wallace would have been one of us!!!!" or "Teach the controversy over Wallaceism!!!!" This one will die a natural death. Move on.

From Charles Smith's Wallace bibliography (links go to scanned versions):

S732. The World of Life; A Manifestation of Creative Power, Directive Mind and Ultimate Purpose. Chapman & Hall, Ltd., London, Dec. 1910; pp. (i)-xvi, 1-408; 110 illus. [reprints: 2nd ed. (1911); 3rd ed. (July 1911); 4th ed. (1911); 5th ed. (1911) / New and Cheaper Edition (Oct. 1914) / G. Bell & Sons, Ltd., London (1911)] / Moffat, Yard & Co., New York, Jan. 1911; pp. (i)-xvi, 1-441; 110 illus. [reprint: 1916 (with portrait front.)]

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Wow. From claiming support from legitimate papers in evolutionary biology to tacking on a revisionist introduction to an old text, ID proponents are truly parasitic.

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Excuse me while I laugh.