just b/c they're old white dudes doesn't make them not experts
and just b/c ed wrote an article about it doesn't make him an expert
8 old white dudes and Woese not among them? That's just BORING. (Woese on Venter is HILARIOUS, always)
All those white people look the same to me ;-p
It's all about the beards. Doesn't matter the specialty - sociology (Durkheim), economics (Marx), psychology (Wundt), biology (Darwin)... I could go on, but I don't have to. So, only a couple of them are credible... amirite?
Aside from the beard, Church also deserves an award for his penetrating stare. If I were a gene faced with that look I'd give up my secrets too.