Here’s an update on the post below, which I wrote on the basis of a report from a friend who attended the meeting. I’ve been having difficulty downloading the file in question, but I wrote to the four debate participants about the apparent omission. Peter Bentley got back to me as follows:
Ths part of the debate was in jest –we all were laughing, and it was not deleted from the audio — you can listen to it yourself a minute or so before the applause right at the end. The only parts removed during the editing process were minor pauses while microphones were taken to questioners.
I reported on July 19, 2007 here at UD that the 2007 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference in London included a debate in which Richard Dawkins accused Lewis Wolpert of being a creationist, to which Wolpert responded that sometimes he wished he were a creationist (go here for my previous posting).
For some unknown reason, it now appears the last part of the debate — where Dawkins accuses Wolpert of sounding like a creationist and where Wolpert commented that sometimes he hoped or wished creationism was true — is deleted. Go here for the online version of the debate.
I plan to email Dawkins and Wolpert about this omission — I’ll keep you posted.