Sunday, July 20, 2014

Naming and Shaming

Weird Al ain't seen nothin' yet. I'm currently reading Todd Tremlin's Minds and Gods, and I... well. Sorry, I'm simply too distraught to beat around the bush. Just look at these elementary errors I've encountered already. Look at them.

Page 15: This is not to say that the kinds of mental mechanisms that would eventually lead to higher, modern modes of thought were not yet being set in place — they where.

Page 18: The bodies of the robust austrolopithecines where more heavily built than those of the graciles but remained of similar size and weight.

Page 22: The facial features of Neanderthal include a low, slopping forehead, large nose, pronounced jaws, and double-arched brow ridges.

Page 24: On the other hand, a focus on superior mental abilities cannot loose sight of the fact that the modern mind is the result of evolutionary development.

Page 39: Heightened fuel demands also make one vulnerable to times of famine and draught.

Page 77: Similarly, if you reach for the light switch in a strange room and your hand instead brushes a fur coat hanging on a nearby hook, it's a safe beat you'll quickly pull away.

I've still got a hundred pages to go, so there's a very good chance I'll find more. I just figured, at this rate, the errors are starting to outstrip my ability to keep them all in short-term memory, so I'd better document them. Oh, and the final insult? Published by Oxford University Press, an august name that formerly would have inspired a good deal of respect from me. Of course, you'd expect this sort of slapdash inattention to detail from your typical Farrar, Straus & Giroux or W.W. Norton, but this...just...gah. I mean, my god, I'd get fired if I signed off on a generic corporate blog post that contained this many glaring mistakes. Whatever OUP is paying their proofreaders, it's more than they deserve. Hint, hint.