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Bad coverage

October 20, 2006


To the editor:

I feel that the minuscule article regarding the lecture of Richard Dawkins sells the public, those who did not have the good fortune to see him speak firsthand, sadly short.

I first must question if the author received a program from the event, or even attended at all. Dawkins outright stated he was not a physicist. He quoted many of his "colleagues" - perhaps so by means of British academia - in his work, but is listed in the program as an "evolutionary theorist and an ethologist," someone who studies animal behavior. I'm sure he had stated during the lecture that he was not a physicist.

Secondly, characterizing his lecture as "taking shots" at intelligent design theory belies what the lecture was really about. The article makes Dawkins sound as petty as the other side when in actuality he systematically broke down and exposed the flaws of intelligent design and creationism in a scientific manner and offered evidence for the inconsistencies (inconsistency being tame for the attributes of the theories of the other side).

Lastly, I am troubled by the apparent disregard of both the author, Ron Knox, of this article and the Lawrence Journal-World to a leading scientist, best-selling author and, as it seemed Monday night, a rallying figure in the fight to keep science scientific. He deserves more than an eighth of the last page of the Lawrence and State section. But then again, you may only have known the impact if you were there.

Scott Chaussee,



prioress 10 years, 3 months ago

Enough with griping about the quality of the coverage. ID is bogus and everyone except those who promote it for religious and political reasons knows it. Read some books, people; they explain a great deal. Start with "Up From Dragons." We are star children who owe our existence to the comets that brought essential building blocks to our little blue marble. Call the big bang the eye of god and be done with it.

Kelly Anderson 10 years, 3 months ago

Hey, one of the aunties of that blow me away impress me daily...

ScottHawk 10 years, 3 months ago

For the record, I wrote this Tuesday morning after I got the paper. The timeliness is troubling, but I stick by all of it.

Tom Anderson 10 years, 3 months ago

Scott Chaussee ... you are articulate, and precise in your comments. Thank you for the inspiration to comment as well!

Tom Anderson 10 years, 3 months ago

Scott Chaussee ... you are articulate, and precise in your comments. Thank you for the inspiration to comment as well! Your Uncle Tommy

SettingTheRecordStraight 10 years, 3 months ago

I sat through the Dawkins lecture. He was pretty interesting until he started injecting bitter cheap shots at those who don't agree with him.

Dawkins lost all credibility when he referred to a church service he once attended as "a cross between a rock concert and a Nurenburg rally." The Nazi comment drew a huge ovation from the crowd. So sad. So sad.

ScottHawk 10 years, 3 months ago

agreed, the Nazi comment was out of line. To be honest, the comparison of so many things with the Nazi movement goes way out of what is intended and really blunts the horror of that regime. However there was little bitterness and the shots were not cheap.

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