The DI CRSC and Plagiarism

Antievolution morals have a definite direction, towards evil. Thus, it should come as no surprise that plagiarism should be one of the ways that they express that.

ERV has the scoop on a blatant rip-off of an animation produced by Harvard University and XVIVO. ID advocates including William Dembski have been using this animation, stripped of its original narration and credits, as part of lectures that they give. ERV reports Dembski used it in his presentation to Oklahoma University, for which he reportedly received a $10,000 honorarium.

I think Dembski could afford to cough up a bottle of single malt scotch to each of them, and if this proceeds to actual litigation, I suggest to Harvard and XVIVO that they make that part of any settlement offer.

Update: Vic Hutchinson says that the actual honorarium value Dembski received has to be less than $5,000. The $10,000 figure is the total that the sponsoring group was looking to get to defray their complete expenses for the event.

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2 thoughts on “The DI C<s>R</s>SC and Plagiarism

  • 2007/11/20 at 7:45 pm

    I think the best we can hope for is a ‘cease and desist’ order from a judge, and exposing ID Creationists ‘morality’ to more laymen.

    While Ive heard rumors this animation has been presented by other DI fellows at other venues, how stupid was Dembski to show it on a college campus? YouTube is OURS. We’ve seen every stupid video thats been uploaded to that site. And he thought no one was going to notice???

    Or maybe just thought no one would have proof…

  • 2007/11/20 at 11:24 pm

    It seems likely that a “cease and desist” request should be effective.

    I still like bringing up the bottle of single malt scotch whenever Dembski and dubious behavior intersect, which means I get to bring it up a lot.

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