Over at Volokh, Todd Zywicki says,
Scott Adams now has a blog, known apprpriately enough as Dilbert Blog … I also see that Mr. Adams has also already had the misfortune to cross paths with the blogosphere’s most infamous Lysenkoist. Welcome to the blogosphere, Mr. Adams.
The link goes to Adams’ version of a spat he (Adams) has been having with PZ Myers, of Pharyngula. Here is Myers’ version. But what I really want to know is, under what description of reality does PZ Myers (a biology professor at the University of Minnesota at Morris, and tireless rebutter of creationist and Intelligent Design arguments) qualify as a Lysenkoist, let alone the “blogosphere’s most infamous Lysenkoist”? Does Todd have evidence that Myers fakes his scientific research? That he believes that species can be changed through hybridization and grafting? That he thinks genetics is a bourgeois pseudoscience? Or maybe Todd is suggesting that any scientist with left-leaning political views is, ipso facto some kind of fraud, and Myers is our most prominent example? I honestly have no idea what Zywicki is trying to say here.
Update: Todd has suddenly and silently updated his post. It now reads, in part, “I also see that Mr. Adams has also already had the misfortune to cross paths with one unpleasant corner of the blogosphere.” In addition, he has silently deleted three or four comments (including one from me) that called him on the smear he was making. I guess anyone could mistakenly type “Lysenkoist” when they meant “unpleasant.” Your self-correcting blogosphere at work. At least he saw that the charge was indefensible, I suppose.
Second Update: Todd explains his actions a bit further in an update. From a post PZ Myers links to, it seems Zywicki’s animus toward Myers all goes back to an earlier argument they had about evolutionary psychology.