Sunday, November 12, 2006


Deciphered Crockery

John Baez rather famously developed "The Crackpot Index," a "simple method for rating potentially revolutionary contributions to physics." Now John Wilkins has adapted it to perform a similar service for biology and evolutionary theory.

Some of the ... um ... evolved parts of the index include:

8. 5 points for each mention of "Heackel", "Dawkin", "Steven Gould" or "Eldridge".

9. 10 points for each claim that genetics or evolution is fundamentally misguided (without good evidence).

10. 10 points for pointing out that you have gone to school, as if this were evidence of sanity. An extra 5 points for citing your engineering, dentistry, medical or computing degree as authoritative in biology. An extra 5 points for a pseudomedical qualification (such as homeopathy or holistic massage).

Number 10 might just be kept in mind when considering the Discovery Institute's "Scientific Dissent From Darwinism" list (not to mention many other reasons to ignore that bit of P.R.).

And number 20:

20 points for every use of religious or science fiction works or myths as if they were fact.
... sounds strangely familiar.

But I think John should have included a 50 pointer for each prediction of the imminent demise of the present theory.

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