Bob Wright is taking hits for bringing the McWhorter Behe bloggingheads diavlog back online. Now Sean Caroll is leaving Bloggingheads. That’s what bullies do when they don’t get their way on the playground. Note that Sean says he didn’t actually listen to the diavlog!
“The scientists involved with BH.tv were a little perturbed at the appearance of an ID proponent so quickly after we thought we understood that the previous example [Paul Nelson and Ron Numbers] had been judged a failed experiment. Emails went back and forth, and this morning we had a conference call with Bob Wright, founder of BH.tv. By the time it was over I personally didn’t want to be associated with the site any more.”
“If you present a discussion about the scientific merits of ID, with someone who actually believes that such merits exist — then you are wasting my time and giving up on the goal of having a worthwhile intellectual discussion.”
Hostility to ID does exists at Bloggingheads. Check out what one BHTV staffer wrote in a comment on Caroll’s blog:
17. David Killoren Says: August 31st, 2009 at 2:47 pm
“I work for Bloggingheads.tv (but here I’m speaking only for myself). I agree that creationists and ID’ers are crackpots and do harm by corrupting the public perception of science. Appearing on a site that has featured crackpots could damage the reputation and integrity of reputable scientists, so I fully understand Sean’s choice to stay away from BhTV.
If the McWhorter/Behe diavlog is defensible, I don’t see how to defend it just now.
Anyway, this is just my opinion, but I think we (BhTV) screwed up — and the origins of that screw-up lie in my ill-fated decision to put together the Numbers/Nelson diavlog. One Sean Carroll diavlog is worth any number of creationism conversations. If I could rewind and start over I’d aim to do it all differently.”
In ancient Rome, you could believe anything you liked as long as you accepted that Caeser was god. Today, you can believe anything you like as long as you accept that Darwinism is unquestionable. Some things never change.