Scientific American Responds, receives a “Tip of the Hat”

I recently reported that Scientific American had posted some misinformation about the extinct equid Hyracotherium (Eohippus) on their website and have since received a short e-mail from Katherine Harmonauthor of the slide show which drew my irethanking me for catching the mistake and informing me that she had changed the entry.

When I checked it out I found that not only had she removed the inaccurate information about Richard Owen thinking that Hyracotherium had been some sort of hyrax but she put in an asterisk and footnote stating that the correction had been made! So she not only corrected the mistake but owned having made it by noting the correction rather than simply flushing it down the memory hole.

Well done Ms. Harmon; much respect!

Now I have to start seriously thinking about changing the darn Wikipedia entry that caused the confusion in the first place…


7 thoughts on “Scientific American Responds, receives a “Tip of the Hat”

  1. Evolutionists are the new kids on the block and have no business telling Christians, who have had a tried and true fact of the beginning for about 6500 years, to prove anything until they have ALL of the answers. By All I mean absolute, all of how the synopti That would be far more simplistic than a single cell, which is more advanced than any machine we have on Earth, just happening. Evolution is a theory. It violates the first and second LAWS of thermodynamics. Matter can niether be created nor destroyed. The second law simply states everything tends toward disorder. Adding energy does not create order. If truck carrying bricks hits a bump they will not fall off in their previously ordered state. Time is not a solution to the laws. Even if you hit the bump over and over the bricks would still fall ramdom, and they certainly would not become a house. Where did matter come from? How did it get so perfectly organized? When, where, why, and how did life learn to reproduce itself? Why would any plant or animal want to reproduce itself? That would be more mouths to feed and decrease its chances of survival. Does the individual have a drive to survive or does the species? Did the ability to reproduce or the urge to reproduce come first and why? What did whales evolve from? Which system evolved first, and how long did it work without the others? The digestive system, the food, the appetite, the ability to find and eat food, the digestive juice, or the body’s resistance to its own digestive juice? DNA or RNA to carry the DNA message to cell parts? The bones, ligaments, tendons, blood supply, or muscles to move bones? The immune system or the need for it? How does evolution explain symbiosis. How would evolution explain mimicry, was it just by chance, or their own intellegent choice? When, where, why, and how did man evolve feelings? Love, mercy, guilt, ect. would never evolve in the theory of evolution. How did photosynthesis evolve?What kind of evolutionist are you, Why are you not one of the other eight or ten kinds? What is so scientific about hydrogen gas becoming human? Do you honestly believe everything came from nothing? What about the law of conservation of angular momentum, shouldn’t all of the planets in our universe be spinning in the same direction. What about equilibrium? If everything is billions of years old why does Jupiter and Saturn radiate more heat than they receive? Why are the silt level in the oceans and the dust layer on the moon so thin, a little embarassing fact that only allows for a few thousand years of deposits. Five hundred years ago everyone knew the Earth was flat. People like evolutionists came up with that Isaiah 40:22-“It is He who sits on the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.” That was written 2500yrs ago. Evolution will be the next big punch line in history.


    • I’m trying to decide whether you’re a Poe troll or a genuine ‘Kent Hovind argument’ cut and paste creationist (since all, or nearly all, of these have been put forward by convicted felon “Dr.” Kent Hovind). Then, if I were to believe that you were for real, whether or not to respond to such a ridiculous shot gun comment or insist that you narrow it down to one or two subjects at a time. Throwing thirty-whatever things up like this makes me think that you really don’t want to hear any answers.

      Do you?


      • Oops, if you’ve mentioned it my bad for not seeing it, and very sorry to hear of the hard drives which is a very upsetting thing to happen.

        Apologies for lack of clarity on my part, is fixed. Slight problem with the doi number not working so had to cobble together a citation for Owen’s 1841 paper. Have cited your earlier ToA post as it’s recognised on Wikipedia as a reliable source, with an additional link to your informative blog post of 25 May 2008.

        Skipped the bit about the 1838 jaw fragment as a bit offtopic, and left the wording “In 1876 in America Othniel C. Marsh found a full skeleton, which he placed in another new genus Eohippus, from the Greek ηώς (eōs, “dawn”) and ιππος (hippos, “horse”), meaning “dawn horse”.” Not sure if that’s right, and based a point about “Its obvious similarities with the fossils described by Owen were formally confirmed in a 1932 paper by Sir Clive Forster Cooper.” on your ToA piece. From your later blog post it looks a bit more complex.

        So, some emergency repairs have been made, and more clarification would be welcome. Particularly of the Eohippus paragraph. Hope the work and resuscitation of computer goes well.


        • Looks much better, thanks! As for the computer, it is still hanging on with its one functioning drive but I’m afraid its career is over and I was forced to bring in a new player. Still working on getting everything copied over and set up the way I like it (and getting used to the differences between XP and Win 7).


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