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Saturday, October 22, 2005 

Behe shredded

For anyone who hasn't been following the goings-on over in the ID trial in Pennsylvania, there's an excellent day-by-day update that can be found at Panda's Thumb. The latest transcript is out, and it contains some howlers. Ed Brayton points out one of them:

MR. ROTHSCHILD: Your Honor, should we suggest a time -- I mean, do you want to do that at a lunch break or find out --

THE COURT: How much more cross do you have?

MR. ROTHSCHILD: It will be inversely [edit--likely meant "directly" here] proportional to mentions of the Big Bang, I think.

THE COURT: So you're going to go all day.

MR. ROTHSCHILD: It could be quite a while.

Other ROFL moments on page 81, discussing scientists doing science:

MR. ROTHSCHILD. And you don't expect the dialogue to stop there, do you?

DR. BEHE. I don't expect it to, but it may.

MR. ROTHSCHILD. Okay. But scientists, as they do with many subjects on which there's disagreement, may continue to be making arguments and writing papers and submitting them to peer review journals and doing experiments to see if they can come up with a consensus answer on the subject?

DR. BEHE. Sure. And they may write books to try to come up with an answer,
too, as well.

MR. ROTHSCHILD. That's how you get the royalties, right?

DR. BEHE. (No response.)
Too funny...


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