ID guys greeted at biology meeting with “friendly, open-ended questions, curiosity, and meaningful exchanges”?
From Paul Nelson’s “Jonathan and Paul’s Excellent Adventure at the Society for Developmental Biology Annual Meeting” (Evolution News & Views, July 25, 2011), we learn that ID guys Jonathan Wells and Paul Nelson got a friendly reception:
Neither of us faced any hostility, which (for Jonathan) was a refreshing change of atmosphere from the angry reception he received during his poster presentation at the 2005 annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology. In fact, we met with friendly, open-ended questions, curiosity, and meaningful exchanges. One biologist at Jonathan’s session carefully read the main panels, then said to Jonathan, “Are you serious?” He and Jonathan then spent a long time going over the arguments and data in the poster — the opening question was an invitation for a detailed explanation.
It wasn’t always like that for Jonathan Wells.
The rumour that scientific curiosity is dead and only trolls live could well be false.