Sunday, April 09, 2006

Telic Thoughts Hypocritical of Mims, Removed from Doubting Darwin

Telic Thoughts used to be listed as an intelligent design link on this blog and on the Doubting Darwin Webiste. This is no more. Mike Gene's website has been taken off both my homepage and this blog. The reason is Gene's recent hypocritical attack on Dr. Forrest Mims, Ph.D. Mims had criticized a recent speech by Dr. Eric R. Pianka, a professor of biology at the University of Texas.

Pianka is known for making statements such as "we [humans] are no better than bacteria" and for claiming that an ebola virus should be used to exterminate 90% of the earth's population to assist with population control.

However, despite these radical views (radical may be too conservative of a term to describe Pianka), Pianka received the 2006 Distinguished Texas Scientist Award from the Texas Academy of Science (TAS).

In his speech, Pianka asked for all recorders to be turned off at one point. Nobody, except those in attendance know what was said by Pianka. However, based upon his past statements and his curious request for all recorders to be turned off, Mims criticized Pianka and the decision of the TAS to grant him the award.

Mike Gene decided that it was appropriate to criticize Mims's report for being "premised on a terrible misunderstanding and misjudgment." He says this is because a partial transcript of Pianka's speech has been released and while it shows some extreme ideology, "it fails to support the most egregious accusation [of Forrest Mims]."

What about Pianka? Gene writes "We do feel sympathy for Dr. Pianka for all the stress, accusations, and vicious labels he has had to endure because of this story.... We do not feel any sympathy for those who reported Dr. Pianka to the Department for Homeland Security...." So, according to Gene, Mims is the villain while Pianka and his self-described "doomsday talk" are the heroes.

Apparently, to Gene, a partial transcript is all the information Gene needs to know and declare that Mims is wrong and to extend full sympathy to Pianka. For this, I remove his Telic Thoughts blog from my websites. I, and the Intelligent Design Undergraduate Research Center (IDURC), condemn Mike Gene and all those at Telic Thoughts.

2 comments:

plunge said...

"Pianka is known for making statements such as "we [humans] are no better than bacteria" and for claiming that an ebola virus should be used to exterminate 90% of the earth's population to assist with population control."

Well, only if you trust Mims. Is there any reason to do so?

Doppelganger said...

Talk about hypocrisy....

Surely, an honor's student would be able to discover whether this:

" for claiming that an ebola virus should be used to exterminate 90% of the earth's population to assist with population control."


is true or not....