What Darwin Said About THE EYE (Aye, Aye, Aye!)

Discussion in 'Eye-Care' started by Ed Conrad, Sep 20, 2003.

  1. Ed Conrad

    Ed Conrad Guest

    As you all know, there's currently a heated debate in the sci
    news groups about what Charles Darwin really said about
    the evolution of the eye.
    It's time this matter is cleared up -- simply and concisely --
    once and for all.
    (Actually, I thought I had ended all the confusion back on
    Saturday, May 11, 1996, when a pseudo named Michael
    Clark accused me of misquoting Darwin. He had the balls
    to say I used only a portion of Darwin's quote.)
    Here's what I said:
    Here's what Charles Darwin really said:
    (Wake me when it's over) Z Z Z Z Z Z Z z z z z z z . . . .
    Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z Z z z z z z z . . .

    I thought I said what Darwin had said but David Ian Greig
    said what I said wasn't what Darwin really had said because
    he said Darwin had more to say than what I said he had
    said, then Steve Vickers of the UK butts in and says HE
    knows what Darwin really said, claiming what I said he
    had said wasn't what Darwin really had said, so I said, 'Okay,
    I'll say what they say about what Darwin really said, since
    I suppose that this is indeed what he had said, even though
    I really don't know for sure if he had said it, but this is what
    they say he had said.
    Up your's, Dimwit!

    (Folks, excuse the interruption!)
    Actually, it really doesn't matter what Darwin had said
    or what these fellas said he had said -- or what they say
    I said or didn't say --- since what I said, whether Darwin
    said it or not, isn't something that really had to be said.
    Perhaps Darwin said what he said because he felt he
    had to say it -- he certainly was entitled to say what he
    wanted to say. But by saying what they say he had said,
    he actually said more than he needed to say, so maybe
    he didn't have to say what he said. 'Course, IF Darwin
    did say what these fella said he had said, critics could
    later say he had nothing to say even though he had said it.

    Ed Conrad
    Emeritus Professor of Journalism
    Ediacara University
    Walla Walla, WA
    Ed Conrad, Sep 20, 2003
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