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Missing Links: What Happened to Dr. Steven Novella's Blog Posts?

Dr. Steven Novella and I have been engaged in a vigorous blog debate (here, here, here, here, here, here, here, , and here,) about the mind/brain problem and about intelligent design. Dr. Novella, who presents himself as a pro-science 'skeptic' (he's president and co-founder of the New England Skeptical Society), is a passionate Darwinist and materialist. He blogs often on Darwinism, materialism, and "denialism" in science.

Monday morning I checked Dr. Novella's blog. I noticed that several (at least four) of his recent controversial blog posts were missing. The links are here, here, here, and here. I checked more closely-- using my own previous links to the posts-- and the posts (#165, #189, #260, and #283) were gone, without a trace and without an explanation. The blog posts dealt with his view that intelligent design wasn't falsifiable and with the debate between materialists and dualists on the mind-brain problem. What was up?

I emailed Dr. Novella, and asked him:


I've noticed a few missing posts on your blog. The posts were related to our on-going debate. Why are they no longer available? ...


So far, no answer. His blog posts are gone. Like they never even happened.

So I publicly ask Dr.Novella this question: what happened to your blog posts? A post on your blog NeuroLogica to answer this question would be helpful.