From: Ray Recchia (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed 04 Dec 2002 - 07:12:25 GMT
Ted Dace wrote:
>Why do I wish to insult him? Because he refuted Sheldrake!
>While plenty of people on this list have offered thoughtful, constructive
>criticism of Sheldrake, Joe is not among them. The most exhaustive
>discussion came from Derek Gatherer, who wisely dropped the subject after
>it became clear that he wasn't able to offer any kind of clear-cut
>refutation. Like any sensible person, Gatherer declared his disagreement
>and let it go at that. Intelligent people can agree to disagree. If anyone
>ever does conclusively refute holistic biology, it'll certainly be news.
>No doubt Skeptical Inquirer will feature the story on its cover.
Much as I hesitate to respond to this post, as a point of clarification,
Gatherer's last word on Sheldrake referred to the theory as an elaborate
delusion comparable to Velikovsky's 'Worlds in Collision', a work from the
1950s which claimed to show that Venus was ejected from Jupiter 3500 years ago.
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