Today we celebrate Paul Nelson Day in honor of the six year anniversary of his theory of “ontogenetic depth“. Methods of celebration vary – PZ has in the past suggested that we should make it a point to ask people “How do you know that?” today, and the ones who actually can explain themselves competently will be complimented by being told that they’re no Paul Nelson. I have suggested that you can invent a new concept (such as “ontogenetic depth”) and promise to explain it later.
Well it appears that Paul is finally going to spill the beans. Yesterday he posted this on the DI’s Evolution News & Views whineatorium. Maybe a follow-up will appear today. Who knows? Six years on and Paul hasn’t seen fit to have his earth-shaking idea published. And that should tell you something about the intellectual viability of ID.
No matter how you choose to celebrate, have a happy Paul Nelson Day!
Update (4/10): On April 6th we got a promise. On the 7th we got a “prequel” in which Nelson admitted that the initial concept was dead in the water and promised to tell us what PZ got right or wrong. And since … nothing. Advice to Paul: just tell us what the damned concept of “ontogenetic depth” involves and quit prevaricating. It’s beginning to look like an earlier incarnation.
Update (4/30): Still nothing.