From Andrew Griffin at Independent:
British scientists don’t like Richard Dawkins, finds study that didn’t even ask questions about Richard Dawkins
Though Dawkins wasn’t a part of the interview process, and researchers didn’t ask about him, 48 of the 137 British scientists they spoke to mentioned Dawkins. Of those 48 that referenced him, 80 per cent said they thought that Dawkins misrepresents science and scientists in his books and public speeches, according to the study by Rice University, Texas.
Other scientists did stand up for the evolutionary biologist, and the remaining 20 per cent were positive views. One said that Dawkins has “quite an important place in society” because of his criticism of creationism and intelligent design. The study was funded by the Templeton Foundation, which has traditionally opposed Dawkins’ work.
Some of the scientists interviewed as part of the exercise were religious, and so might be expected to take against Dawkins’ often vociferous opposition to religion. But even scientists who didn’t believe in religion at all said that Dawkins work tended to overestimate the borders of what science can and should examine. More.
Dam. We could end up having to pay for publicity.
Now before we go any further, thanks much to our brilliant ID AI team. You successfully fronted the Dawkinsbot for many years, while the actual fellow is living in a cozy Brit cottage somewhere trying to debug his Weasel software. (Good luck with that, Richard!)
The trouble is, folks, it just isn’t possible with current methods to design a Darwinbot that doesn’t get a bit too monotonous a bit too soon.
Should we maybe take out that publicity hound module, to see if we can wring some more performance out of it in the short term?
Kudos also to the PR team who kept guiding the ‘bot into all sorts of messes, including the row in the atheist elevator he wasn’t even in and the rebuke from Sarah and Trig Palin about his low view of the worth of persons who live with Down syndrome. (Thanks, Sarah and Trig! Owe youse guys one!)
Meanwhile, we all need to form a concept team for what our new anti-ID ‘bot should feature. Let’s not call it Dawkins II. We’ll go for something creative, totally reimagining the concept.
So guys, sign up to the team if interested. What should our new ‘bot look, sound, and act like?
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