How usually have you ever learn an article that takes a chunk of scientific analysis, misinterprets the proof introduced and blows the outcomes means out of proportion? The titles of such articles are usually the sensationalist varieties, utilizing explosive statements which can be assured to get most people’s consideration, aka ‘click on bait’. That is just about what Ford’s presentation gave the impression of – a bunch of decisive, explosive and sensationalist statements that in actuality, meant completely nothing.
On the 15th March, Conway Corridor hosted what was speculated to be a debate between Brian J Ford and Dr Darren Naish. Ford is about to publish a guide during which he argues that every one dinosaurs had been, the truth is, aquatic. Sure, you learn it proper – ALL dinosaurs. Now, to name it a debate can be beneficiant. That means that each side had nicely researched and based arguments, which wasn’t the case. The truth is, it felt very very like an argument between a wise grownup and a petulant little one throwing a tantrum – which is ironic contemplating what number of instances Ford accused palaeontologists (generally) of being infantile and simple-minded.
It’s possible you’ll assume that I’m being unfair and that my submit is not goal sufficient, and also you’re proper, it is not. The truth is, it can’t be. Ford inspired the palaeontology group to ’embrace a brand new idea’ with completely no proof to again it up – aside from a couple of cartoons. He was unable to just accept or focus on actual proof and appeared to suggest that the concept that dinosaurs had been aquatic was each new and his. Naish addressed this head-on in his first presentation slide, exhibiting that the identical concept had originated years in the past and been subsequently dismissed.