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Did aliens kidnap John Derbyshire? - Elf M. Sternberg
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Did aliens kidnap John Derbyshire?
Is it just me, or has someone kidnapped John Derbyshire and replaced him with a well-educated replica? This is the guy who just a few years ago said that he didn't buy the whole ID thing anyway because it was clearly a political ploy, but that he could accept that they might have some arguments worth looking at, but that he didn't have the time or inclination to actually read up on either side's argument.

Now not only does he understand both side's arguments but he understands *why* the ID argument is "low grade comic-book metaphysics" and can explain it clearly. (Oh, grief, I just linked to The Corner.)

My usual misanthropy is becoming misplaced if Der Derb can be rehabilitated.

I gotta admire his other comment: "I don't want other people worrying about me. If you disagree with what I say, my preferences are, in order, (1) Reasoned argument, (2) venemous abuse, and then (3) expressions of concern." Go, John.

Given what I've said to Derb in the past, this is a refreshing sight.

Current Mood: amused amused
Current Music: Mitsumune Shinkichi, Hyoukai (Icy seas)

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From: technoshaman Date: February 8th, 2005 11:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey (he said, commenting despite the fact he has no idea who the heck the Derb is), people do change. It usually takes something earthshattering, or happens over quite some period of time, or even both... but it does happen.

And sometimes, alas, others can't handle that. Not that you'd be among such folks.
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