- Paperback: 116 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (April 2, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1543194117
- ISBN-13: 978-1543194111
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
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Whitcomb complains that others show confirmation bias in rejecting living pterosaurs, but his own ability to do this, as well as to accept as "credible" numerous dubious reports lacking any physical evidence, shows that he himself is afflicted with severe confirmation bias. Fortunately most creationists and fellow creationists are more properly skeptical of the evidence he promotes. Indeed, no major creationist or cryptozoology groups have endorsed his conclusions.
Whitcomb promotes the mistaken notion that demonstrating a modern pterosaur would refute an old Earth and evolution, even though it would do no such thing --any more than the discovery of a modern Coelacanth did. When such finds occurred in the past, neither science nor scientists were upset; in fact, the finds were widely accepted and celebrated. The claim that paleontologists refuse to consider the possibility of modern pterosaurs due to a “dogma” of dinosaur and pterosaur extinction, is also unfounded. Most scientists already accept that dinosaurs are still with us. They’re called birds. The reason most scientists are very skeptical of modern pterosaurs is not because of dogma, but because of the preponderance of fossil evidence (no post-Cretaceous pterosaur remain are known), and the lack of any compelling modern evidence to the contrary. Other than one dubious photo, the only evidence offered by the author for modern pterosaurs are anecdotal "sightings," which are subject to many uncertainties. They cannot be regarded as reliable scientific evidence without independent empirical evidence (either compelling photos or preferably, physical remains). On top of these problems, the book contains no scientific citations, reference list, or index. Where the author discusses scientific sources or critics of his claims (including me), he does not even mention their names or specific writings, let alone give proper academic citations. I for one would celebrate any compelling evidence of living pterosaurs, but am dismayed at writings that promote extreme claims based on highly questionable evidence, while fostering serious misconceptions about Earth history and science in general.
This book shows that the Author who has put at least 10,000 hours into studying this subject has taken a great deal of effort at looking for authentic accounts of eyewitnesses and how they measure up to what a real Pterosaur looks like. Jonathan methodically takes the time to go over many of the skeptics claims that they went extinct millions of years ago with in depth analysis that is hard to refute.
Jonathan David Whitcomb is careful when it comes to validating claims of apparent Pterosaus and also as professional as a person can get to admit when a claim does not add up. He is not someone who just accepts everyone's word when a sighting takes place. He investigates every aspect of the encounter until by plain reason he declares it to be an eyewitness encounter of an apparent pterosaur.
In this book, the Author looks at many aspects of a photograph that was taken of a Pterosaur that was shot down during the Civil War era. He has known about this photo for almost 50 years and was very careful not to call it real until by the use of technology and other experts he could analyze the photo with much depth and clarity.
In conclusion I believe there to be no other person out there today who is as honest and thorough an investigator of facts on living Pterosaurs as Jonathan David Whitcomb. He is also as honest as someone could be into these truths and has thoroughly convinced me that Pterosaurs do indeed exist today and many people have seen them.
I encourage you to read this amazing book with an open mind into studying truth and you will come to the same conclusion.
Perhaps more than the subject matter implied by the title, this book uncovers the social effects of peer pressure and groupthink. Extrapolating beyond Whitcomb's material, it is fairly simple for any intelligent person to see how what passes for science today has allowed its assumptions to retard scientific advancement, effectively falling into the very trap of dogma that true scientists like Galileo deplored. It is the new "church", the inquisition of Our Time.