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March 24, 2004

Big boys....

The Panda's Thumb is an evolutionary blog collective of heavy hitters....

Update & commentary: One thing though...I would have much preferred the name The Blind Watchmaker for a blog focused on refuting anti-evolutionism. As the members of The Panda's Thumb acknowledge, one inspiration for their site's name comes from the late paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould. Gould performed courageously against the demons of Creationism & Intelligent Design, but, he was kind of a scientific oddball in biology (to be charitable). Don't take my word for it, look at what another non-biologist has to say, Paul Krugman:


Like most American intellectuals, I first learned about this subject from the writings of Stephen Jay Gould. But I eventually came to realize that working biologists regard Gould much the same way that economists regard Robert Reich: talented writer, too bad he never gets anything right. Serious evolutionary theorists such as John Maynard Smith or William Hamilton, like serious economists, think largely in terms of mathematical models...But many intellectuals who can't stand algebra are not willing to stay away from the subject. They are thus deeply attracted to a graceful writer like Gould, who frequently misrepresents the field (perhaps because he does not fully understand its essentially mathematical logic), but who wraps his misrepresentations in so many layers of impressive, if irrelevant, historical and literary erudition that they seem profound....

I think it's a bit risky for the knights of evolution to espouse an appellation that has an eccentric association when they are attempting to show (correctly to my mind) that the partisans of Intelligent Design are off in left field.

Posted by razib at 10:06 PM