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RWoS Revision Blues

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyMar 15, 2006 2:52 AM

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I just learned that I have, like, three weeks to make all changes to my book in time for the paperback version--and to write a new introduction to boot. So much has happened in the world of politics-and-science since late August when RWoS first came out in hardback that the notion of comprehensively updating would be a futile endeavor. Instead, most of the new information will be contained in the new foreword. But, inevitably, there are numerous things that will need changing because they are dated or no longer true. For instance, in the book I asserted that Bush had not yet taken a position on "intelligent design." That's because, at the time, he hadn't. Since then, he has. That has to change, obviously.

And then there's typo monitoring, errata, etc. It's a hell of a task, and when you combine it with the fact that I'm supposed to be starting on the new book, it's going to keep me pretty busy. Blogging may suffer as a result. But if you have a copy of RWoS handy, and note any places where I ought to be updating--emphasis on updating, no grand revision suggestions please--drop a post on this thread to let me know. It will make life a lot easier.

For that matter, if you have any comments on what might be the six to ten biggest science and politics developments in the last half year--e.g., the James Hansen story, or the Dover trial--I'd like to hear your thoughts. I'll be covering those in the new introduction.

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