Yesterday I reported statements by Professor Tim McGrew, Chair of the Philosophy of Science Department at Western Michigan University. Here are some updates as more information has rolled in.
I posted excerpts and links to McGrewÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s statements yesterday here at: More antics from PZ Myers?. My only major comment was, Ã¢â‚¬Å“you be the judge.Ã¢â‚¬Â
In brief, PZ Myers was accused by McGrew of lying and fabricating quotes and attributing them to Jonathan Wells. It appears some of the accusations by McGrew were inaccurate, and McGrew has detailed the issues where he felt he was hasty in making judgments about PZ Myers:
My Denver Post Review of Two New Books on Darwinism and Intelligent Design
my original charge of outright fabrication was careless and arose from my reading of the text actually written by Wells rather than of the callouts written by some editor…I’ve apologized to PZ. But PZ needs to apologize to Wells.
McGrew reports apologizing to Myers, but there is no report of Myers giving an apology or explanation to Wells even though I and others have presented evidence from PZ’s writings that PZ has misrepresented Wells.
Myers claims what Wells did regarding BallardÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s comments on the gastrula stage was to:
pretend it applies to the pharyngula stage
Myers has not responded to querries that he clarify that claim especially in light of the fact that it has been pointed out here and on his weblog that Wells used the word “gastrulation” three times in his book (and not pharyngulation or pharyngula) on pages 30-31 when referring to Ballard and other’s work.
Myers has provided no response to justify his claim Wells was pretending Ballard’s comments on gastrula stages were comments on pharyngula stages. Myers further uses this claim to argue that Jonathan Wells lied.
Myers has given no indication of giving a clarification, explanation, correction, retraction, or apology to his fellow scientist, Jonathan Wells.
However, if Myers does offer any apology, the commeters are invited to post it or links to it here.
(Have a nice weekend)
Update 11/6/06: Dr. Jonathan Wells Responds to Critics