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  •  I was in San Diego during the Gish-Doolittle (0+ / 0-)

    evolution debate. I was graduate student at the time and knew Russ Doolittle (a renowned evolutionary biologist) fairly well. I thought the actual "debate" was a debacle. Doolittle was a very smart man, but Gish came prepared with one liners that Doolittle could only shake his head on. He was out of his element and he lost not only on the entertainment angle, but also in relating the science to the non-scientist. It wasn't a debate, it was a vaudeville show. Maybe Nye will do better but I don't have my hopes up.

    I remember one of the Gishisms from the debate: the debate could be summarized as "Gish-to-Fish vs Too little-to-Doolittle". Actually a pretty cleaver play on words, but if you were looking for substance, of course you didn't get any from Gish.

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