‘Induction over the history of science suggests that the best theories we have today will prove more or less untrue at the latest by tomorrow afternoon.’ Fodor, J. ‘Why Pigs don’t have wings,’ London Review of Books, 18th Oct 2007
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
Andrew Brown writes in the Guardian and asks What made the creationist footprints in the Giant's Causeway visitor centre? He comes up with the usual ‘bash-the-creationists’ stuff we expect from the Guardian, but fails to engage in understanding foundational commitments that are necessary in science. Instead he accuses creationists of lying and preaching conspiracy theories. But creationists have grown to expect critics to misunderstand the issues. So I won't bother to enlighten him here.
And Richard Dawkins and Brian Cox get in on the act, throwing out tired insults for effect; Cox even descends to swearing instead of offering a scientific argument. Dawkins thinks that creationists are 'intellectual baboons' engaged in 'ignorant bigotry.' Cox comments that ‘to suggest there is any debate that Earth is 4.54 billion years old is pure s***.' (It rhymes with manure). It is hardly worth responding to.
Comments by Brown though are worth commenting on. As well as being liars and stupid, Brown now comes up with the notion that creationists are somehow malevolent. He writes that ‘Creationism isn't a kind of benevolent nonsense, like most forms of New Age belief systems. It's malevolent…’ So for believing ‘nonsense’ and being verbally abused rather viciously in the media creationists are now to be thought of as ‘evil’ as well? Is that really what you mean Mr Brown? Although we live an age when every ‘phobia’ is becoming a criminal offence, some beliefs are still to be subject to the Orwellian ‘two minutes of hate.’
Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/richard-dawkins-creationism-at-giants-causeway-is-intellectual-baboonism-16181959.html#ixzz20DvtLDJY
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