The Discovery Institute’s petition A Scientific Dissent from Darwinism, which we’ve had ample opportunity to discuss before, contains signatures by what is overall and with only a few exceptions a pitiful group of non-scientists, conspiracy theorists and religious fundies teaching at religious institutions of questionable educational merit, thus serving to undermine its intended rhetorical value of the list more than anything else. Now, Dennis Dean Rathman is a Staff Scientist at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and has contributed to a few publications (in fields unrelated to evolution), so at least he has some genuine credentials in some scientific field. What made his name interesting to us, is that it also appears on an HIV denialist petition for a “Scientific Reappraisal of the HIV-AIDS Hypothesis”.
Diagnosis: Ok, so we have been unable to locate more information about this figure, but we think we have enough to give him an entry. Loon.