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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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To: YHAOS
It certainly isn’t being represented as an endorsement of ID

If you Google Dr. Laughlin's quote you will each and every reference to it is using it to support ID. (Every one except the stand alone reference on RussP's Great Quotes page and now RussP's repeat of the quote on FR).

98 posted on 05/23/2007 10:01:58 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: YHAOS

Yes, that is one of the standard “tricks” of evolutionists. If an advocate of ID (or creationism, for that matter) quotes an evolutionist criticizing the ToE, that is considered “quote mining” because the quoted scientist actually “believes” in the ToE. Apparently they consider the quoted scientist’s personal “beliefs” more important than a frank and honest statement.

I will agree that it is possible to quote someone “out of context,” and anti-evolutionists probably do it occasionally (as do evolutionists), but they don’t do it anywhere near as often as they are accused of it. In the vast majority of cases, the charge is a red herring.


101 posted on 05/23/2007 10:53:36 PM PDT by RussP
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