Thursday, October 27, 2005

Yet more on peer review of Michael Behe's book

Ed Brayton tracked down and got comments from the other two known reviewers of Behe's Darwin's Black Box, Robert Shapiro and K. John Morrow. Shapiro reviewed the origins of life aspect (his area of expertise), and though he disagreed with Behe's conclusions, thought it was the best argument from design he'd seen. Morrow, on the other hand, thought the book was poor and disingenuous, and believes that his review led an earlier publisher to reject it.

Ed's commentary at Dispatches from the Culture Wars includes the text of an email from Morrow about the book, along with the text of reviewer comments from biochemist Russell Doolittle. Both are quite damning.


Jim Lippard said...

Robert Shapiro says he was not a reviewer, but an editorial consultant:

Einzige said...

Behe was justified in his lying, because he's being so villified and marginalized by the powers-that-be in the mainstream scientific community. It's a vast conspiracy by the current hegemony, who have a vested interest in maintaining the dominance of the existing paradigm. So they quash all latent threats (as ID obviously is), see?