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Science writer who admits to doubting mindless evolution theories interviewed on CBC


Virginia Heffernan Readers may remember New York Times and Yahoo writer Virginia Heffernan who got flak for admitting she is a “creationist” (here and here).

Here’s her radio interview September 5, with Canada’s government broadcaster, CBC. Ninety-five comments have ensued so far, a number of them reasonably balanced.

One interesting one:

I completely support Virginia Heffernan. She’s brave to go up against so much intolerance and closed-mindedness.

There are limits to logic. I speak as a Ph.D.-level Computer Scientist. Those of you who aren’t familiar with Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem might want to give it a look.

Science has little to tell us about either the origin of the universe or the nature of consciousness.

See also: Trouble in the “belief enforcement” science world gets noticed even in the New York Times. In 2010, Heffernan had written that “ScienceBlogs has become preoccupied with trivia, name-calling and saber rattling. Maybe that’s why the ScienceBlogs ship started to sink.” So she was already beginning to think critically. Here’s Scienceblogs today.

The bottom line, sigaba is that Virginia Hefferman has seen the light. And you have not. Everything else pales into insignificance.
Axel, what makes you think I haven't seen the light? sigaba
The bottom line, sigaba is that Virginia Hefferman has seen the light. And you have not. Everything else pales into insignificance. Of course, you don't see it that way, but one day, there will be a winner and a loser, and you lose. Axel
Well, if these parents and students actually want the curriculum, they'd better not invite Virginia Heffernan to speak on their behalf, as "creationism" is a religious doctrine (and altogether nothing like ID, I'm told). I was touched in her account by the basis for her belief, namely Darwin's "arid English [literary] tone" and her rather weird statement that he never wrote about the descent of man(?). I mean she says she's read a lot, but I dunno. Her evidence of weird things evolutionary psychologists claim is ironic, considering she's a science journalists and exactly the sort of person that's been promoting this unsubstantiated crap for decades. Her motivation for faith appears to be deeply solipsistic and little more than self-centered, therapeutic spirituality, which is what you'd expect from someone who uses "Life of Pi" as a foundational work. sigaba
I think it's time more and more people speak out against darwinism and the way its followers try to prevent academic freedom. Parents and students need to demand schools offer a balanced and accurate curriculum when it comes to darwinism and I.D. Blue_Savannah

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