Wednesday, May 30, 2012

In Unrelated Gregory Paul News...

Almost like clockwork, Gregory Paul has just had his (what now seems to be) annual melt down on the Dinosaur Mailing List for the year. As this time around it doesn't really pretain to art (unlike last year), I'm only going to briefly cover it.



There are common trends in this year's version with the last one though. Greg still seems to feel that as the "biggest" and "smartest" Dinosaur fan out there, no one loves them or knows like him so once again he can claim ownership of them and tell the rest of us to piss off. You know because the world works like that.

The particular issue this time is Mr. Paul jumping into a discussion about the origins of flight, and telling everyone to stop trying to touch the subject, as he has magic definitive data that will end the controversy forever... We JUST have to wait the year, to two year, to whenever till he gets it published...

Because remember people science isn't about speculation and theorizing from multiple viewpoints or vantages. It is about dogmatic declarations from a single source (can you believe I STILL dig this guy's atheism writings, despite his palaeontological attitude mimicking religion's dogmatism)

Also note I've specifically linked to the brilliant rebuttal by Dr. Heinrich Mallison and not just Mr. Paul's original post. I thought the reply was really funny in how too the point it is.

3 comments:

Raven Amos said...

My, SOMEONE is awfully full of themselves. Again. I'm against censorship, but how many times does GSP have to show his ass and crap all over his fellow paleontologists and artists before his soapbox is jerked out from under him? I know he was banned once from the DML - I'm thinking he needs to be perma-banned now. He's not really contributing anything to the discussions on the DML except to crow about how awesome he thinks he is and how everyone else should just shut up. I've seen people get banned for less on the DML.

Nima said...

Greg, Greg, Greg... I barely even recognize you. You're not the same Greg Paul from 1999 who said everyone has their unique part to play in the field of paleontology. Everyone else should just back off from bird origins and wait for you to set things straight?

Seriously, anyone who can't spell Puertasaurus reuili correctly in a supposedly authoritative "field guide" should not be telling others to stop researching ANY dinosaur.

BTW Greg, when was the last time you advanced the cause of science in a meaningful way beyond simply proposing new theories or refuting obviously outdated ones (for example, actually publishing your oh-so-valuable research in even ONE open-access journal that doesn't gouge ridiculous subscription fees? FYI Paleobiology and GAIA don't count...)

davidmaas said...

Take Greg with a pinch of salt. His papers on statistical relevance of religion is enough to make me appreciate the guy. Beyond that, let's say he lends the palaeo-community flavor.