Geology throwdown: The whisper of the rocks


The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is a serious scientific journal, whose published papers undergo rigorous peer review.

This week's issue shows that this doesn't mean that the titles can't be snarky.

Letters (Online Only)
Listen to the whisper of the rocks, telling their ancient story
Paul J. Hearty and Blair R. Tormey
PNAS March 27, 2018. 115 (13) E2902-E2903; published ahead of print March 9, 2018
Reply to Hearty and Tormey: Use the scientific method to test geologic hypotheses, because rocks do not whisper
Alessio Rovere, Elisa Casella, Daniel L. Harris, Thomas Lorscheid, Napayalage A. K. Nandasena, Blake Dyer, Michael R. Sandstrom, Paolo Stocchi, William J. D’Andrea and Maureen E. Raymo
PNAS March 27, 2018. 115 (13) E2904-E2905; published ahead of print March 9, 2018
Comments (2)
  1. Kevin says:

    The abstract for the second letter is quite amusing. It sounds like:

    1. Rovere et al. wrote a paper having something to do with giant boulders and the history of the North Atlantic climate: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1712433114
    2. Hearty and Tormey wrote a letter disputing this paper’s conclusions on various bases which I am not qualified to understand, much less explain.
    3. Rovere et al. wrote a reply saying basically “You two didn’t read our paper correctly at all. We never said X or Y, there are alternative hypotheses which could explain Z, and also you don’t know what you’re talking about.”

  2. Antonio Rodríguez says:

    As Yoda said, “Do listen or do not listen; there is no try”.

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