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Jan 19 2013

You can halt publications of books on evolution. You can not halt evolution!

Daily News:

The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) has put a stop to the publication and sale of all books in its archives that support the theory of evolution, daily Radikal has reported.

The evolutionist books, previously available through TÜBİTAK’s Popular Science Publications’ List, will no longer be provided by the council.

The books have long been listed as “out of stock” on TÜBİTAK’s website, but their further publication is now slated to be stopped permanently.

You are not Turkey’s religious council. You are Turkey’s Scientific and Technical Research Council and you have stopped publishing the books on evolution! I am shocked! You should be ashamed of yourself! Don’t say that you do not believe in evolution!

Nothing is worse than the decision that scientists make to stop believing in science. They can drag society backwards more than the religious bigots.

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  1. 1
    slc1

    The Christian born agains in the Unites States only wish they had this kind of power.

  2. 2
    meursalt

    I’m pretty sure this is a hoax. There is a more recent piece on the same site where TÜBİTAK disavow the story, claiming it’s part of a disinformation campaign against them (I’m guessing by creationists, though the article isn’t clear on this point). The kernel of truth is that they pulled at least one Dawkins book for licensing reasons, not for political considerations. The rest is fabricated.

    You can find the rebuttal linked from the original story, top right of the page.

  3. 3
    Mashuque Mazumder

    We should remind whether any limitations are there for us to the power constant. This might bring us to a proportionate consciousness to our malpractice activities to make sore others.

  4. 4
    Lee Turnpenny

    Does seem odd; I thought Turkey was supposed to be secular? Wonder that this has to do with Adnan Oktar.

    (‘… believe in evolution!’ ?? Ouch!)

  5. 5
    GregB

    Dear Blogger: Yes, something is worse.

    That something is spreading lies told by the enemies of science, without doing some basic checking:

    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-state-science-council-denies-evolution-censor.aspx?pageID=238&nID=39102&NewsCatID=374

    This seems to be a general problem with blogging. The blogger flies off the handle, says something stupid, and retractions (when they rarely come) are limp, weak and hardly noticed if at all.

    Good bloggers need good editors, and also need to curtail the wish to be the first in the street screaming about the outrage of the day.

  6. 6
    Vasha

    I recently met a guy who is translating “Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation” into Turkish. I wonder what the Turkish public will think of that. I hope he has a good sense of humor.

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