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My Tribute to Phillip Johnson

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Many of us here were greatly influenced by Phillip Johnson’s books, articles, and lectures. Indeed, if not for Johnson, this blog might never have come to be. Like so many, I was saddened to learn of his death on November 2nd. While several of Johnson’s fellow academics and colleagues have written some wonderful tributes to him, I wanted to give one from the perspective of a layman. My tribute was published in The Stream last week and republished today over at Evolution News.

22 Replies to “My Tribute to Phillip Johnson

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    DerekDiMarco says:

    Through Johnson I met, and later became friends with, Bill Dembski, another leading light in the ID movement. Dembski invited me to write for his ID-related Uncommon Descent website (now headed by Denyse O’Leary).

    I didn’t know Mrs. O’Leary ran this place. Huh.

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    ET says:

    Survey says:

    DerekDiMarco is Brother Brian, who is Acartia Bogart/ William spearshake and Ed George.

    I didn’t know Mrs. O’Leary ran this place.

    You have reading comprehension issues. “Headed by” is NOT the same as running UD.

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    hazel says:

    I am virtually sure that Ed is not DDM or BB as that would have Ed being two people at the same time, which is against what I think is a transcendent objective moral principle.

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    ET says:

    Sock-puppets, hazel. There isn’t any “two people at the same time”. It’s one person with multiple socks.

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    Ed George says:

    Hazel

    I am virtually sure that Ed is not DDM or BB as that would have Ed being two people at the same time, which is against what I think is a transcendent objective moral principle.

    Apparently ET thinks that any two (or ten) people who share similar views must be the same person. It’s easier to dismiss everything they say that way.

  6. 6
    ET says:

    Ed George:

    Apparently ET thinks that any two (or ten) people who share similar views must be the same person.

    Not at all.

    It’s easier to dismiss everything they say that way.

    It’s easy for Ed to lie about me, subjective morality and all. I don’t dismiss what Ed and socks say. I respond to it and expose it as nonsense. Then everyone else can dismiss what you posted. πŸ˜›

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    Ed George says:

    This seems rather appropriate.

    https://youtu.be/4SYc_flMnMQ

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    DerekDiMarco says:

    @hazel I recognize Ed’s name but I have not seen any of the other three. Maybe a moderator here can confirm that somehow.

  9. 9
    DerekDiMarco says:

    Ed I’m in Daytona Beach. Where are you?

  10. 10
    Ed George says:

    DDM

    Ed I’m in Daytona Beach. Where are you?

    Singapore. I had a lovely dinner last night at Level 33.

  11. 11
    DerekDiMarco says:

    Jealous.

  12. 12
    Ed George says:

    DDM

    Jealous

    Beautiful city. And very clean and safe. But $34 for a Singapore Sling was a bit much. $640 for a crab dinner was over the top.

  13. 13
    DerekDiMarco says:

    I don’t make $640 in a week. πŸ˜›

  14. 14
    Ed George says:

    DDM

    I don’t make $640 in a week.

    Neither do I. But when the menu says $38, you should read the fine print that says β€œper 100g”.

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    ET says:

    Can anyone say “VPN”? Anyone can virtually make it appear as if they are in another part of the world.

    It’s the same stupid arguments. The same complaints. The same avoidance. The same BS. The same lies. The same quote-mining cowardice. The same reading comprehension issues. The same jabs. The same tard. The same willful ignorance. Which leads to the same equivocations.

    It’s the ducky, quack-y, looksie, waddle model- complete with feathers, bill and webbed feet. 😎

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    DerekDiMarco says:

    Paranoiacs aside, nobody confirmed or denied my original q about the OP article saying that Mrs. O’Leary runs this blog now. When I strayed away a little while after Dover Dembski was still here. Did he give it to O’Leary?

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    ET says:

    Earth to Derek – I responded by showing that your original q was bogus. Read the last sentence in comment 2

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    Ed George says:

    Can anyone say β€œVPN”? Anyone can virtually make it appear as if they are in another part of the world.

    This sounds like the advice from someone who has been banned from UD on several occasions. (Joe, Frankie, Virgil..,,).

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    ET says:

    Ed George:

    This sounds like the advice from someone who has been banned from UD on several occasions.

    Yes, you have been banned from UD on several occasions. And yes you use a VPN and a new sock to get back in. And yes you use the same loser arguments regardless of any IP

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    EricMH says:

    @ET, to be fare, I see most of the ID skeptics use the same arguments, e.g. over at TSZ. They are fairly unanimous in their viewpoints. I guess that’s what to expect from freethinking atheists, skeptical of everything but their own ideas.

    I think the reason is not sock puppets, but what Gore Vidal said:

    “Lately I was asked if I actually thought that Kay Graham and Larry Tisch really told the news departments of The Washington Post and CBS what to tell us. I said, Yes, of course they do on occasion, but in everyday practice they don’t need to give instruction because everyone who works for them thinks exactly alike on those economic issues that truly matter….this sort of education ensures that everyone so educated will tend to think alike.”

    https://books.google.com/books?id=mTOxcYkalWYC&pg=PT412&lpg=PT412&dq=gore+vidal+don%27t+need+conspiracy+everyone+educated+to+have+correct+opinions&source=bl&ots=6U_unDWZGG&sig=wVj21gjTXLQT2_ROi2qddbq5gSA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjK2q6bpu7KAhXEMj4KHSD1DmAQ6AEIMDAD#v=onepage&q&f=false

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    ET says:

    Eric, I have been to TSZ and still drop by to read their asinine comments. Each of the TSZ ilk has their own style of moronic spewage.

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    DonaldM says:

    When I posted this article, I had intended it to be a tribute to Phil, as the title suggests. Instead, I see a bunch of squabbling over who’s who and VPNs and other non-related posts. Please take this somewhere else. Thank you.

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