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Planet Earth

Greg Laden Owes Us an Apology and Retraction

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyApril 26, 2007 5:49 PM


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From his blog:

Camp 3, which is perhaps not as well defined, promotes the inclusion of theistic elements in evolutionary biology, in some cases explicitly in other cases as a kind of "fill in the blank," in order to provide a better approach to "framing" evolutionary biology. (Notice the closeness between the word "blank" and the word "gap.") Or at least, this is what they say. Explicit requests to ask them to clarify this key point have been left unanswered to my knowledge. Which is very worrisome, and sometimes makes me think Moran is right about the possibility that Nisbet and Mooney are actually creationists. But I'm assuming at the moment that they are not!

This insinuation, that "Nisbet and Mooney are actually creationists," is not just entirely inconsistent with everything Matt and I have written--it is downright indefensible. And I don't care if Laden says he's assuming "for the moment" that we aren't actually creationists--he's hinting that we might be. It's outrageous. Incidentally, I can't find where Moran suggests this--only Laden. I have stood silently by while various ideologues have slammed a framing thesis that they have rarely even understood. But this is going too far. I will not stand for it. Laden owes us an immediate apology.

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