Being the incredibly lucky guy that I am, I somehow managed to attract the attention of John Davison. If you don't know John, well.. you're lucky.
He's a rather infamous fellow. He's got a rather peculiar hypothesis about evolution. Basically, he claims that evolution did occur, but it was front-loaded - the path that it took was dictated ahead of time by evolution encoded into the primitive genome.
To make matters worse, his approach to debate is, generally, to shout, call people names, make vague threats, and generally piss everyone off, regardless of whether or not they agree with him. He was the first person that I ever banned back at ScienceBlogs.
And to make it even worse, the guy doesn't understand how blogs actually work. He started one blog, made one post, and then continued to post on the blog simply by adding comments to that post. Then he threw a tantrum, deleted it, started a new one, and did exactly the same thing. It appears that his current blog (which has the incredibly pompous name "The Proceedings of the Natural History Society of South Burlington Vermont") actually has several posts on in - the most recent one being somewhat more than two and a half years old. But he's still posting comments on it. Hundreds and hundreds of comments, nearly all by him. It appears that he progressed from thinking that a blog post was an entire blog (and thus adding new "posts" as comments on the only existing post on the blog), to thinking that a blog post is a category (and thus adding new posts on comments on the five different posts on his blog).
He's showed up in the comments here. Naturally, being John, he's commenting in the wrong place. And, of course, being John, he's throwing tantrums about how nobody is paying attention to him.
The poor guy is clearly lonely and desperate for attention.
Please respond to them (if you must) in the comments on this post, so that it's easy to keep track of. I warned John privately that I'm not going to tolerate him insulting other commenters; similarly, I'd ask that anyone who responds to him do so on the content of his posts, and refrain from just throwing insults at him.
Frankly, I doubt that he's capable of actually engaging in a civil discussion. I'd put money on it taking less than an hour from the time this post goes up until he starts insulting people. But hey, why not give him the chance to try?
So, to repeat the warning: as always, my comment policy is:
- you're welcome to insult me: after all, I insult people in my posts; it's only fair that they be allowed to insult me back
- you are not allowed to insult other commenters. You can disagree as strongly as you want - but personal insults will not be tolerated.
If you break that simple rule, you get one warning, and then you get banned. That goes for John, and that goes for anyone else commenting.