Thursday, April 17, 2008

How Can You Tell If Casey Luskin's Lying?

His fingers are moving.

Or his lips or whatever appendage or orifice he's using in his official capacity as PR flack and pointman for the self congratulatory circle jerk that calls itself the Discovery Institute. A sampling of his latest droppings involving Michael Shermer's takedown of Expelled:

"Shermer Blames-the-Victim Case #1: Richard Sternberg"

Dumb dee dumb dumb. Victimhood is bad. Wonder what happened?

"The conversation with Michael Shermer in the Expelled film revolves around the publication of Stephen C. Meyer’s pro-ID peer-reviewed scientific paper in the journal Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington."

Great. 15 years, one paper. Too bad Meyer's first attempt "Evolution Sucks: A Incomplete Survey of Outdated Information" was rejected. Quite a feather in the cap for the new paradigm.

"Contrary to typical editorial practices, the paper was published without review by any associate editor; Sternberg handled the entire review process. The council, which includes officers, elected councilors and past presidents, and the associate editors would have deemed the paper inappropriate for the pages of the Proceedings."

Damn. Withdrawn. Oh well, 15 years is not such a long time. Maybe a paper in a prestigious foreign journal like Arrivederci de Biologica will fly.

"Dr. Richard Sternberg...was subsequently was harassed, intimidated, and demoted because he broke ranks with the unwritten (or sometimes written) rule among Darwinists that you must keep ID out of science journals. "

Well, that blows. I think he had his feelings hurt, too. Out of deference to the victim Casey left out the anal gangbang by PZ Myers and his band of no god/anything goes Darwinists. Don't ever break ranks with committed Darwinists. They will fuck you up in a heartbeat.

Demoted from an unpaid associate research position? It is to Sternberg's credit that he has managed to stay the course and re-up for another 3 years of occupying an office that he never visits at the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian maintains he will not be let go until they get their library books back.

"Dr. Sternberg (who holds two Ph.D.s in evolution)..."

And doesn't use either one of them. Except to advise a Bariminology study group (nothing to do with either the weather or even bartending, by the way). Check here for the real story.

Casey goes on to try to salvage the Meyer paper by savaging Prothero's claim that the majority of invertebrate phyla do not appear suddenly in the Cambrian. Well, not really Prothero's claim but Prothero himself. And not really savaging him, Casey being a relatively toothless attack dog. But he gums him up pretty good:

" Prothero’s book is hard to take seriously because, as we shall see, it reads more like a polemic than a serious academic treatment"

-the definition of a serious academic treatment is something Casey agrees with

..."Prothero’s book is one with an agenda that clearly falls short of a calm, collected, objective scientific analysis"...

- a calm objective analysis is something Casey agrees with

..."Regardless, if we want to understand the Cambrian explosion, we have to turn to serious scientific treatments"...

-a serious scientific treatment is, well, you know.....

"So what do textbooks say? A 2001 invertebrate zoology textbook (that is a serious science textbook) states:".......

-I hope it's not one of those textbooks with those damn Haeckel's embryos in it and don't you hate all those joke science text books. Notice all the "seriouses" . Casey is a serious guy and this is serious business, so please, please take Casey seriously.

I just finished Prothero's After the Dinosaurs: The Rise of the Mammals. Typical Darwinbot claptrap full of interlocking lines of evidence from diverse and multiple disciplines showing patterns of speciation through geographic and climatic changes. Like millions of man hours of work comparing thousands of piles of bones showing worldwide patterns of adaptation in a chronological geologic framework is supposed to impress me. Evidence. Blah, blah blah, blah blah.

You may think that I have misrepresented Casey. That I have taken his words out of context, rearranged them to suit my own ends, quoted partial sentences when it suited and of course, you would be right. But that's the way Casey and I roll and I learned from the master. A little cut and paste and even a simple truck driver such as myself can luskinate anything and pontificate endlessly on subjects about which I know very little.


  1. Scripto, I'm having a hard time ciphering what you are saying here.

    Also, you may be interested in my response to your comment on my blog.

    Thanks for your two good questions there.


  2. Andrew,

    Thanks for the first comment ever on my first post ever for my first blog ever. I guess my attempt at humor missed the mark. I'll do better next time, I swear.