Talk:Robert T. Bakker

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Don Bakker[edit]

"His brother is Don Bakker, the renowned economics professor at Nauset." -- There is apparently a Nauset High School, but I'm unable to find any facility of higher education named "Nauset". A Google search turns up very little evidence of Professor Don Bakker's "reknown" beyond this article and its clones. -- Writtenonsand 23:59, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

His brother teaches at Nauset High School, and is indeed an excellent economics instructor. His students recently averaged a 4.8 out of a 5.0 scale on the exam (2005), making for the highest average in the state. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 128.119.156.138 (talk) 09:07, 12 May 2008 (UTC)

Other Paleontological Theories[edit]

From a casual knowledge of him, Bakker also rejects the astroid/comet theory of dinosaur extinction. He attributes reconnecting of populations and subsequent disease spread as the major killer, based on appearance of land bridges at the time. He also asserts that at least some dinosaurs cared for young. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 74.215.183.194 (talk) 21:38, 31 January 2013 (UTC)

Depiction in The Lost World: Jurassic Park[edit]

The depiction of Bakker in The Lost World: Jurassic Park is not affectionate. In interviews after the release of Jurassic Park (film), Bakker vigorously contested the anti-science themes of the film (which are even more prominent in the novel), noting that had the San Diego Zoological Society been in charge of Jurassic Park, things would have been very different. The Burke character is an arrogant know-it-all, undone by hubris-- which is pretty much the view that Crichton takes of scientists-- and is a mocking, not affectionate, caricature. That Bakker used the San Diego Zoo as his model of efficient management may account for that city being the one through which the dinosaur rampages in The Lost World: Jurassic Park. MayerG (talk) 05:02, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

I've read a lot by Crichton and noticed the same (despite the speech he made where he said he thinks highly of Richard Dawkins, but I guess that shows it... then again, I'm pretty sure most people don't think too highly of him either). Despite this, the Burke character was in the second film only and was written in because of a friendly rivalry between Bakker and Horner. 98.198.83.12 (talk) 20:40, 24 October 2009 (UTC)
Is there any source that states it's based solely on Bakker? The movie character actually looks like a hybrid between Bakker and Horner (they have similar facial hair), since he wears glasses, like Horner, but Bakker doesn't. FunkMonk (talk) 21:13, 24 October 2009 (UTC)
This needs some work. Someone really needs to chop it up.
There is a lot of unsourced information. Both Horner and Bakker are said to have been advisors on Jurassic Park. Supposedly, "Horner served as the technical advisor for all of the Jurassic Park films, and even served as partial inspiration for one of the lead characters, Dr. Alan Grant." There is no in line citation for this statement, but the 'external link' supports it.
On the contrary, the IMDb entry for Bakker makes no such reference to Jurassic Park. How did the statement "Bakker was among the advisors for the film Jurassic Park" get in here?
Why is this anecdote about the Dr. Robert Burke character still here? Is there some movie insider that simply "knows" the story? How can unsourced references to the "favor" done for Horner and the unsourced quote from Baker survive the BLP policy?
The ==Writing section is falling apart and needs some formatting. There is a more significant problem. How can the statement that: "His book The Dinosaur Heresies first propelled him to popular attention" fit the timeline? The book was not published until 1986. Before that book, which was hardly a best seller, came out, Bakker had already been seen on national TV. He played a leading role in the 1985 CBS animated documentary Dinosaur! -- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0439543/ -- which was hosted by Christopher Reeve and for which Phil Tippett won a Emmy for Outstanting Special Visual Effects.Komowkwa (talk) 03:00, 10 March 2010 (UTC)

Middle name[edit]

The Greek and Spanish versions of this article state that “T” stands for “Thomas”. Anyone who can verify this?

2009-06-15 Lena Synnerholm, Märsta, Sweden. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 213.114.155.69 (talk) 18:26, 15 June 2009 (UTC)

I'll try to look it up tonight. Also, I'll try to source the claims of his book The Dinosaur Heresies (they are correct claims but unsourced). Arawn 18:03, 19 July 2010 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Arawn V (talkcontribs)

Missing personal information[edit]

Bakker has been married four times, and divorced at least three. He is also a superb artist (that's not an exaggeration) -- look at the drawings in his books. WilliamSommerwerck (talk) 17:14, 6 August 2010 (UTC)

As long as your sources are good, feel free to put that information in the Article. The Mysterious El Willstro (talk) 00:58, 2 May 2012 (UTC)

'Possible Raptor Sympathizer'?[edit]

This is an extremely obscure reference given with no context, no explanation, and no citation or link for a reader who has no clue what the heck it means.

It strikes me as a casual and unnecessary witticism. If it is somehow important, more information needs to be included. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.5.144.50 (talk) 23:22, 27 January 2011 (UTC)

Dead link in citation.[edit]

The 7th footnote (Robbert Bakker Profile) is a dead link... anyone have an updated source on this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.65.237.218 (talk) 02:35, 7 December 2012 (UTC)