Creationists Still Stupid
I know, I know... this is theoretically a creationism-argumentation-free blog. But still.
As you can probably tell, I'm taking a bit of down time today, as my move across town is pretty much done, and my presentation of the summer's research was yesterday, so I'm getting a bit of a breather before I start learning LabVIEW and how to program the robot arm. Reading PZ's dissection of Chapter 3 of the PIG guide to ID (which, when written like that, sounds like a great idea for a book), and I came across this snippet.
…von Baer’s view “was confounded with and then transformed into” the evolutionary doctrine that the embryos of higher organisms pass through the adult forms of lower organisms in the course of their development. It was this evolutionary distortion of von Baer’s work that Darwin considered the strongest evidence for his theory.
In the 1860’s, German Darwinist Ernst Haeckel (pronounced “heckle”) made some drawings to illustrate this distorted view, and Darwin relied on the drawings in later editions of The Origin of Species and in The Descent of Man (1871).
Now, PZ is tearing Wells apart for pulling out the Haeckel canard. But I'm here on different business entirely: as an American of Germanic descent who took three years of German in high school AND who listens to German industrial music, I can assure you that "Haeckel" is not pronounced "heckle." In fact, the best pronunciation I can think of to recommend to an American audiences... is "Haeckel."
He even lies in his pronunciation suggestions! Truly, Jonathan Wells is a GREAT BIG HACK! Someone inject him with HPV and make him grow horns!