The following letter appeared in todays Opelika-Auburn News:
To the editor:
Todays article on Homo floresiensis was given a very misleading headline, saying that the find challenges the theory of evolution. Such a claim is quite false, and is not supported by anything in the body of the article.
The article does say that the find may alter our understanding of human evolution, i.e., may change the prevailing views about where and in what sequence human evolution occurred; but the basic theory of evolution itself is entirely unthreatened by anything connected with the discovery.
By analogy, if scientists were to discover that, say, the great pyramid of Giza is heavier than previously thought, would you run a headline saying that the find challenges the law of gravity?
Roderick T. Long
I’m glad none of the copy desk staff at my paper try to get away with headlines that misleading, especially on science stories, which are poorly written enough. (AP could really use some decent science reporters.) I have enough trouble with creationists flooding us with letters to the editor as it is. In fact, I wrote a column this week just to needle them, which was quite a stretch considering I write an entertainment column.
Roderick: … would you run a headline saying that the find “challenges the law of gravity”?
We are talking about the O-A News here. Don’t give them any ideas.
That looks like the fossilized ancestor of Pac Man.
Took the words out of my mouth. Well, honestly I was going to say something like “proto pac-man” or “a pac-man ancestor”.
Mouse over it.
Or, if your browser doesn’t support mouseovers, right-click the image and choose “properties.”
I’m not sure that a theory that cannot be fasfified by any facts is a good thing, exept for austrian economics of course.