Tag Archives: philosophy of science

Dyke et al. 2013 Put Microraptor In The Windtunnel… Badly

Dyke et al. have put a Microraptor into the wind tunnel: http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2013/130918/ncomms3489/full/ncomms3489.html Nothing good could come of this, one immediately suspects, but let’s suspend our cynicism for a moment. In some ways I’m pleased, since some don’t think Microraptor flew … Continue reading

Posted in Bird evolution, dinosaur evolution, Philosophy of science | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Secret Dinobird Story – Book Page

The Secret Dinobird Story: Dinosaur, bird, dog & human evolution elucidated at last as palaeontology gets real science Dare you read it? Dare you not! You wait years for a revolution in a science, then three come along at once! … Continue reading

Posted in The Secret Dinobird Story | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Secret Dinobird Story discussion page 01

On this webpage, and maybe on additions to the series, I’ll be discussing points others have raised over the book. Readers may post comments to this page, or to any later ones in the series, or to the book page. … Continue reading

Posted in Book reviews, The Secret Dinobird Story | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cladism Goes To The Chair 01: “And This Lie Is Your Path”

“What do you do if you’re not a scientist, but there’s a field of science you want to knock around in? Say you’ve been interested in animals since before you started collecting them on tea cards but you’ve never designed, … Continue reading

Posted in Cladism Goes To The Chair | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cladism Goes To The Chair 02: The Cult And The Creed

Because they’re humans even cladist palaeontologists do learn a fair bit of obvious stuff; but without following scientific principles, at best it’s 19th century-style natural history they’re doing, not modern science. (Just one token, but classic, example amongst a host … Continue reading

Posted in Cladism Goes To The Chair | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cladism Goes To The Chair 03: Their Favourite Demons

I’m going to illustrate their mistakes here, starting with Darren Naish – the archetypal poorly-educated yet ‘fact’-spouting, highly-entertaining but barely scientific cladist natural historian – mainly using exchanges between me and him on his blog. Yes I’ve already highlighted the … Continue reading

Posted in Cladism Goes To The Chair | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cladism Goes To The Chair 04: Others’ Relevant Expertise Doesn’t Count

Suggesting our differences are due to childish error on my part, in his Longisquama argument Darren Naish uses the ‘lots of others do it so it can’t be wrong’ ploy, with the implied insult that I’m too stupid to see … Continue reading

Posted in Cladism Goes To The Chair | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment