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Professor Laughlin,

You have been famously quoted as saying, “The Darwinian theory has become an
all purpose obstacle to thought rather than an enabler of scientific

The primary example of the use of this quote can be found here:

Your quote is now widely used by many to support the theory of Intelligent
Design. I have the distinct feeling that your quote is being used out of
context to back up a theory which you would not or do no support. I came to
this conclusion after reading your essay, “Reinventing Physics: The Search
for the Real Frontier.” I believe that you would find the idea of
Intelligent Design as limiting as you did “The End of Science”

I am wondering how you feel about the use of your name and reputation in
supporting the ID theory.

Thank you for your time,

93 posted on 05/22/2007 9:14:47 PM PDT by Jeff Gordon ("An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last." Churchill)
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To: Jeff Gordon

In his reply, did he actually say anything against ID? If he did, I must have missed it.

94 posted on 05/22/2007 9:42:21 PM PDT by RussP
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To: Jeff Gordon; RussP
Thank you for your time,”(you to Professor Laughlin, I presume)

Thank you for your time. I appreciate your courtesy.

I fail to see where the Professor’s quote is being used out of context. It certainly isn’t being represented as an endorsement of ID. Just to be unequivocal about the matter, RussP has stipulated that he does not represent the Professor’s quotation as an endorsement of ID. If you propose that any fair use quotation can only be cited by someone who is in total agreement with everything the person quoted has ever asserted, then you raise an impossible standard. Good Lord man! I quote Jefferson all the time and I find myself in the rare disagreement even with him.

But, congratulations on your skilful elicitation of precisely the sort of quote you wished from Professor Laughlin to use against RussP. A most novel and innovative form of quote mining. Salute!

97 posted on 05/23/2007 9:03:20 PM PDT by YHAOS
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