Sunday, January 27, 2008

The Dishonesty of John Woodmorappe

A creationist named John Woodmorappe has been caught quoting himself. In a "Revolution Against Evolution" Article entitled "A Hands-on Science Activity that Demonstrates the Atheism and Nihilism of Evolution" He states the following:

"Illinois high school science teacher Jan Peczkis writes: The misconception that evolution works towards a pre-determined goal is held by many high school and college students. This is understandable because evolution is an abstract and generally non-observable phenomenon, and living things do seem well-designed for their environments."

He forgot to mention something: He is Jan Peczkis. He quoted himself under his real name (J.W. is his pen name). Why? (For proof see the CreationWiki profile of J.W.)

The list goes on. In an exchange with Talk Origins author Steven Schimmrich, he states,

I find it amusing to see members of Schimmrich's group complain about the intensity of my responses in view of the scurrility of their own remarks (see below). Then again, perhaps some of these people are bullies/crybabies combined: they love to punch others but run home to mama in tears if someone punches them back. And everyone should know by now that I don't put up with any crap from anti-Creationists.

He goes on to compare his debate opponent to the Nazis... Several Times.

Besides the problems with his character, he's also a very illogical person. He is the creationist who proposed Tectonically Associated Biological Provinces (TABs) to explain the order of the fossil record. My understanding is that he believes different geologic rocks represent different ecosystems, which sank in to the earth and were stacked on top of one another like pancakes. Its far out, and not in a cool 70's-ish way. The problem with it is that it does not explain just why the layers on top contain fossils most similar to today's life. I mean, why can't dinosaurs be found on top and human beings in the middle?

Last, but not least, No Answers in Genesis has posted a devasting critique of his work on radiometric dating and more. It is well worth checking out.


Romeo Morningwood said...

WTH! Man when you need to start quoting yourself there should be some bells ringing.Hello!

I am always so impressed with the depth and vigilance of your work.
Very fulfilling.

Anonymous said...

But partial truth, obfuscation and downright lies are the stock-in-trade of creationists. They don't have any plausible arguments, so untruths are their answer to the science. A Dover School Board member got caught lying under oath in court when asked about the source of the donations for the purchase of "Of Pandas and People" as a school science textbook. I guess they don't see lying as "bearing false witness" (where did I hear THAT phrase?)

Unknown said...

Jan Peczkis (aka John Woodmorappe) has a profile on

St. Ignatius College Preparatory School, Chicago, IL Class of 1973

Jan Peczkis's other Communities:
St. Fidelis School 1959-1964
Our Lady of Grace School 1964-1969
St. Eugene School 1970-1971
Northeastern Illinois University 1974-1978
Northeastern Illinois University, Graduate School 1978-1981