In an otherwise interesting article on Homo floresiensis Hawks mentions the following:
Gretchen asks if I’m turning into a crank.
Hawks, pictured below, responds:
Wow, it really must be the heat getting to me! I have to keep reminding myself that press interviews frequently misrepresent the nuances of what scientists actually say and think. And yet, this stuff is widely read and believed even among our colleagues! Anyway, I’ve toned down some of the crankiness.
Although I am in the “pro” camp I do agree with Hawks on this issue. These articles are widely read and it would behoove the writers to get the details right. Of, course it would also behoove neuroscientists to get the details right as well…