X-Message-Number: 27393
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2005 08:49:07 -0500 (EST)
From: Charles Platt <>
Subject: scientist list
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The list of scientist names is familiar, I think, because the
petition which they signed was drafted from the perspective
of someone already familiar with the field, and is not likely
to be very palatable to outsiders. I was very unhappy when I
read the text of the petition, because once you start
circulating text of this kind, it's very difficult to retreat
and rewrite and start over again. As I recall, the text was
drafted hastily during legislative problems in Arizona, and I
don't think it was widely peer-reviewed before it went out.
Understandable under the circumstances.

Of course it's always easier to be critical after the fact,
but this was my reaction at the time.

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