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More ridiculous adulation of arch-Darwinist Dawkins: Now upgraded to prophet

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Shades of the ridiculous adulation of Darwin, here’s some ridiculous adulation of Dawkins, the current ultra-Darwinist in chief, as the “prophet of the selfish gene”:

Andrew Read opens the volume with an account of how his view of life was changed after reading The Selfish Gene on a lonely mountaintop in New Zealand. My own first reading had less of Mt. Sinai in it but was still special. I was in the flats of Michigan in my first year of grad school, and Richard Alexander and John Maynard Smith were already laying waste to the false idol of uncritical group selection. Alerted by Maynard Smith to the imminent appearance of The Selfish Gene, I watched for it, snapped it up immediately, and, though I am neither a night owl nor a rapid reader, I had devoured it whole by the early hours of the next morning.

These people are beyond parody, which saves me work. You have to pay to read the rest of the glowing testimonial, including how author Queller and his dad both seen da light and now realize that the selfish gene governs everyone’s behavior …   

Naw, I couldn’t make this stuff up.

7 Replies to “More ridiculous adulation of arch-Darwinist Dawkins: Now upgraded to prophet

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    Mark Frank says:

    I guess we might compare this to:

    “William Dembski is the Isaac Newton of information theory, and since this is the Age of Information, that makes Dembski one of the most important thinkers of our time.”

    Rob Koons review of Intelligent Design: The Bridge Between Science & Theology

    Anyone in the public eye is going to receive both excessive praise and unfair damnation.

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    Farshad says:

    Andrew Read opens the volume with an account of how his view of life was changed after reading The Selfish Gene on a lonely mountaintop in New Zealand.

    Wow’ Sounds mystic! So this book will not reveal its secrets unless you read it in extreme solitude along with special exercises like deep breathing! I wonder what Andrew’s new view of life looks like after reading this book. My own experience after reading Selfish-Gene was similar to watching one of those silly sci-fi movies from 60s: Cruel self-replicators are trying to take over our planet and human bodies are their vehicles.

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    John A. Davison says:

    Dawkins has recently decided to make Einstein his hero, apparently oblivious to what Einstein thought of the likes of him.

    “Then there are the fanatical atheists whose intolerance is the same as that of the religious fanatics, and it springs from the same source…. They are creatures who can’t hear the music of the spheres.”
    Alice Calaprice, The New Quotable Einstein, page 204

    “A past evolution is undeniable, a present evolution undemonstrable.”
    John A. Davison

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    Larry Fafarman says:

    Evolution Sunday/Darwin Day was another particularly bad case of Darwin worship — see http://www.pandasthumb.org/arc.....sunda.html

    When I read about Darwin’s birthday being celebrated with a “Darwinian birthday cake,” I nearly threw up.

    It is noteworthy that Darwin, unlike some other British scientists, was never given the title “Sir” or “Lord.”

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    John A. Davison says:

    “Science commits suicide when she adopts a creed.”
    Thomas Henry Huxley

    This, from Huxley, is the only frontispiece to Leo Berg’s Nomogenesis.

    Darwinism is the slowest yet surest form of suicide known. It has taken 147 years. Better late than never.

    “A past evolution is undeniable, a present evolution undemonstrable.”
    John A. Davison

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    jwrennie says:

    Well at least they are finally starting to admit that it is a religion.

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    John A. Davison says:

    One should be very careful about what one reads.

    “He that I am reading seems always to have the most force.”
    Montaigne

    “We seek and offer ourselves to be gulled.”
    ibid

    “I read as little of Dawkins as possible.”
    Cyrus Noe

    Stephen, (Intelligence was an evolutionary accident) Gould and Richard (Climbing Mount Improbable) Dawkins, both clever wordsmiths, have done great harm to our understanding of the great mystery of organic evolution. So did Ernst (dyed -in-the-wool Darwinian) Mayr.

    “A past evolution is undeniable, a present evolution undemonstrable.”
    John A. Davison

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