Some of us have been saying this for a long time: Michael Shermer is a poor excuse for a skeptic. Now John Hawks takes him out to the woodshed over a recent SciAm column, in which he spins out a violent fairy tale about the Homo naledi fossils.
But Shermer is wrong to ignore the evidence that already exists. The editor of Skeptic magazine failed to do the one thing that any journalist should do: simply ask someone whether he was missing some important evidence that might make him look like a fool. I’m very sorry that he has misled so many Scientific American readers about the nature of evidence about Homo naledi and how we approach the science of human origins.
Hawks, of course, is one of the primary investigators of the H. naledi work, and knows what he’s talking about. I have to wonder again why SciAm continues to keep Shermer on as a columnist.