Posted by: Dan | May 3, 2007

My Letter to Time

To the Editor,

I, like many readers across America, just read Michael Behe’s bio of Richard Dawkins, just listed as one of the 100 people who have shaped our world, and I have to say that I am extremely disappointed.

By publishing comments from Michael Behe, you willingly lent credence to a pseudoscientific and apologetic ideological activist. Evaluating an admittedly controversial figure from the point of view of a fraudulent crackpot demeans the public discourse, and it is clear to me that you are capitalizing on the gullibility of many Americans at the expense of reason and intellectual honesty.

You could have found any of thousands of reputable experts to critically evaluate Richard Dawkins – but you chose a creationist and treated him as though he were reputable. Why?

Please retract this example of sloppy and irresponsible publishing.


Dan Rhoads
Cornell University

(Thanks to Greg Laden for his leadership on writing letters to the editor)

Late addition – Behe’s description of Dawkins focuses on:

With the big questions of life and mind supposedly solved in principle, Dawkins has in the past several decades abandoned research, and turned instead to persuading society of the correctness of his views.

Wow. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.



  1. Dear Editor,
    I’m not of scientific background or experience. I’m enquiring about my own family-genetics. I’d like to know if it is probable that Viking genes are often the result of huge consumption of seaweed, with many attributes, including growth (very long) and colouring (red/reddish-brown, wavy) has been a major change in the makeup and patterns of the Y-chromozone, in particular the grownth patterns. ie. Men decide the height of their children (on Catalyst.)

    I also imagine the Loch Ness Monster may have been more acceptable as a reality if there was alot of unusally tall people with coloured hair – orange. With short people. So giving the allusion of a large, unusually hairy, orange beast.

    Another, can genetic illness linked to male hormones at different stages of life and be triggered by puberty in men and women. ie. Unusual growth in height or of hair/hair changes at different stages, overgrowth/alteration of the length of neurones, intestine, fingers/toes etc. due to this changing of genes such as the MCIR for red hair. Because it would be great to know by a simple written test or finger/lines (as one would count rings on trees) for growth in one’s ancestry sudden or unusual, and so may be able to explain a kind of alteration in DNA linked to Vikings without a DNA test which is only applicable for men. ie. Aspergus Syndrome, I think caused by poisoning like Arsenic, may also be genetic. That implies to me an ongoing change in DNA such as those radical ones like in Vikings.

    Thank you



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