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Modern Pterosaurs: Human encounters with living "pterodactyls" 1st Edition
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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, demonstrates his own 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. For more details on all of this please Google "Kuban, Living pterosaurs?" Thank you.
Twentieth Century Fox has acknowledged to me that this fantasy photo-illustration is their intellectual property.
Since Mr Whitcomb's book presents his project-partner Clifford Paiva's scientific analysis of the "Civil War Pterosaur" under the assumption that it is a genuine Civil War-era photograph, and claims to present evidence to support this obviously impossible premise, it is as flawed as a non-fiction book on a science topic can possibly be.
Mr Whitcomb, please stop selling and promoting this book. Non-fiction books are supposed to accurately inform students and the public. Your book demonstrably fails to do so.
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.