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PZ Myers “repositioning” himself? Also, the French discover Yankee Darwinists

Vincent Fleury

And the French react the way they do to British cuisine

New Zealand journalist Suzan Mazur interviews French scientist Vincent Fleury, who investigates origin of form with experiments involving cellular flow. The topic of P.Z. Myers, dean of American Darwinism and darling of Nature, came up:

Suzan Mazur: PZ Myers, the Howard Stern of sciencebloggers, recently reviewed your paper Clarifying tetrapod embryogenesis, a physicist’s point of view, which was published in The European Physical Journal: Applied Physics. It appears Myers is increasingly doing a pas de deux with the physical approach to evolutionary science, trying to reposition himself now that a paradigm shift is afoot. In essence, so he can maybe say, well I knew it all the time.

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Vincent Fleury: There are several issues. First of all, it’s the style of the man. When you read his blog, you read things like I’m a professor and if I had a student, I would have asked him to rewrite the paper in this and that way. Who is this man?

Suzan Mazur: Think Animal House and pimply adolescence. His audience, incidentally, includes some prominent evolutionary scientists — one of whom commented on your paper in the Pharyngula blog.

Vincent Fleury: Myers’ blog is constructed in a certain way. He writes reviews that are not that bad but then he opens it up to his hounds, half of whom are mad. Crazed! They finish the job.

Freedom of speech is one thing, but it is extremely insane to open the microphone to crazy people.

Suzan Mazur: Why was your paper sent to Pharyngula?

Vincent Fleury: Someone else sent the paper in to harass me. Myers says implicitly that he despises all these self-organization ideas, but if you look at his blog, his web site is a an example of self-organization.

Suzan Mazur: How have your colleagues at CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) responded to his attack?

Vincent Fleury: Who cares? The few who know of him in France understand it’s rubbish.

Yet doesn’t Nature love him?

File under: Why there really is a controversy.

See also: Mazur’s book on all this.

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6 Responses to PZ Myers “repositioning” himself? Also, the French discover Yankee Darwinists

  1. OT; Very Inspirational video;

    The Mountain;
    http://video.yahoo.com/editors.....42857.html

  2. Excuse me wrong link,, here is the corrected link;

    The Mountain;
    http://video.yahoo.com/editors.....60678.html

  3. This “News” from News is old news. Getting on to two years old.

    BA77: I found the first video on lip-syncing inspiring also.

  4. This blog is getting absolutely choked by news posts. The threads with extensive discussion are on the 2nd page or further back within 24 hours of being posted. I’ve said for years that this website needs a forum style, with a thread going to the top when it has a response. It is so difficult to follow discussions here because there is really no structure…there could be a thread with 400 responses and if I don’t log on for a couple days, I’ll miss it.

    Please re-structure uncommondescent.com!

  5. Also, what’s the point of posting Myers’ high school year book picture (or whatever that is)? His blog is a feces-slinging contest with 99% of the participants on one side of the fence. Let them cheer the deaths of priests and missionaries, I want nothing to do with that type of battle, which posting that flirts with. If any of them want to come here and have a rational discussion without a 50:1 ratio of slanderous posts vs. reasoned posts, welcome

  6. Hey uoflcard. I feel your pain.

    One thing I do is create a desktop shortcut to any threads I’m interested in.

    Also, over to the right near the bottom of the page there’s a section called “Popular Posts.”

    That might help some.

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