I got a lot of pleasure from listening to Dr. PZ Myers completely rip this fellow from the dishonesty institute apart on a Christian radio show (Mp3 is at the link, it’s around ~30 megs or so). Particularly amusing was when Dr. Simmons managed to get caught with his pants down about his knowledge of whale transitionals. While I found it difficult to make out from the audio during the part about the whale transitionals, I believe that Dr. Simmons says something about no transitional fossil with a blow hole and Dr. Myers interjects immediately with some name, that I presume is exactly such a fossil. From listening to the audio, it’s pretty clear that Dr. Simmons manages to come off as completely clueless and gets pretty battered around by Dr. Myers. I had to admire Dr. Myers for sticking to his guns, particularly at the beginning where he was heavily critical of the stations decision to switch the debate topic around on him a bit.
Edit: On a search of Scientific American, because I got curious as to what Dr. Simmons had read (or most likely didn’t pay any attention to) I went searching for the article from Scientific American in question. After fruitlessly searching the back archives on Scientific American, I turned to pubmed for assistance in the matter and surprise surprise, I don’t think there was an article on Whale Evolution in Scientific American from 2007. The last article written on the topic as near as I can tell, is from 2005 and is Rooting the River Horse, in March 2005 by K. Wong. There is a bit of a gap in the time line from an article “six months ago” to 2005 as I’m sure Dr. Simmons may appreciate. Of course, it may be possible as I haven’t set up my proxy that the article may not be immediately present on the archives for Scientific American and that Pubmed may not be able to find it. Can anyone else find this article?
Incidentally, the search terms I used on pubmed were “Scientific American Whale Evolution” and then variations on that general theme.