By the investigative journalist Jonathan Whitcomb
Which two nonfiction writers have dominated the field of living pterosaurs, at least in the volume of paragraphs published online? A casual search will reveal that Glen Kuban and I, in our combined writings, appear to dominate all other online writers in the world combined. A passion for writing on reports of non-extinct “pterodactyls”—that is what we have in common. We also have both stated that the official scientific discovery of a species of living pterosaur would be a wonderful event.
But the value we place on the overall eyewitness reports of modern pterosaurs—that is about as different as can be imagined. We agree that a 19th century newspaper account of an ancient flying creature stumbling out of a tunnel in France should not be taken seriously, but we agree on little else.
Be aware that I am not criticizing his motivations, and I do not imply that 100% of his writings on reports of living pterosaurs are completely worthless. I do suspect that a large part of his writings, however, may do more harm than good for the progress of real science, notwithstanding he thinks that he is protecting sound scientific practices.
Criticizing Books on Living Pterosaurs
I now have three active books on Amazon, on eyewitness reports of these featherless flying creatures, in their most-recent editions:
- Searching for Ropens and Finding God (fourth edition)
- Live Pterosaurs in America (third edition)
- The Girl who saw a Flying Dinosaur (recent book)
Over the years, Kuban seems to have purchased one of each of those books from Amazon. For each of those books, he has written a long, very negative comment. He has a right to his own opinion, but some of what he writes on those Amazon pages is about things that are not actually in the books in question.
Take The Girl who saw a Flying Dinosaur. This is for children and young teenagers. Obviously Mr. Kuban did not purchase a copy of this book for his own enjoyment. He spent his own money on it, so he has a right to publish his opinion about it. Yet an average reader of that book review can be completely mislead by it.
This book has nothing to do with religion. It mentions nothing about Biblical creation or any Christian perspective or any religious view of the origin of life. Yet the book review Kuban wrote about it, on January 31, 2019, included the following:
. . . many young-Earth creationists (YECs) such as Whitcomb often disregard this, however, Whitcomb’s claims are not even endorsed by any major creationist . . . group . . .
In other words, Glen Kuban appears to be attacking me, or at least criticizing me, on a subject that is outside the book. I thought that a book review was supposed to be about a book.
Beyond that, however, he declares things that are simply false. For example, he refers to a six-year-old girl who encountered what she declared was a “pterodactyl.” That little American girl is where the book gets its title: The Girl who saw a Flying Dinosaur. But Kuban calls her a “Cuban” girl. Perhaps that’s no big deal, for Patty’s family was living at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, at the time. But there’s more.
He points out that the little girl did not draw a sketch of the flying creature until decades after the sighting. I see the point. Maybe some kind of mistake was made because of that. But consider the second chapter of the book: “A Sighting by a U.S. Marine.” Eskin Kuhn saw two “pterodactyls” at Guantanamo Bay just a few years after the sighting by the little girl, and he drew his sketch within MINUTES of his encounter. Nothing is mentioned in Kuban’s book review about Mr. Kuhn. Nothing is said about that sketch, which is obviously of the same kind of flying creature sketched by Patty Carson, when we consider that both sightings were at Guantanamo Bay.
Sketch by a U.S. Marine (left) and one by Patty Carson (right)
I could go on, for Glen Kuban has made many mistakes and errors of judgment in his review of my book The Girl who saw a Flying Dinosaur, but I’ll leave it at that, for now.
Please consider the following, before I respond to a small portion of the negative comments that Glen Kuban has made about my writings. Not all of his writings are about me or my publications, but many of them are.
About worldwide sightings of living pterosaurs
Kuban, during the years that he has published online criticisms of eyewitness accounts of living pterosaurs, has never interviewed even one eyewitness. His general practice is to take what he finds online or in books and, without asking me for clarifications, he then finds anything and everything that he thinks might discredit the sighting; then he publishes it. That is what his tens of thousands of words have shown to me.
This is for middle grade and young-teenage readers, this nonfiction about non-extinct pterosaurs that appear to eyewitnesses worldwide.
Glen Kuban and I completely disagree on the value of eyewitness testimonies of flying creatures that have been reported to me as living pterosaurs, what some people call “pterodactyls” or “flying dinosaurs” or “dragons.” He has spent years trying to convince people that all the testimonies are of no value; I have spent years writing books and online publications explaining why some of them are of great value.
Short book reviews of five non-fictions:
- Searching for Ropens and Finding God
- Bird From Hell
- Live Pterosaurs in America
- The Girl who saw a Flying Dinosaur
- Live Pterosaurs in Australia and in Papua New Guinea