Coyne has been a frequent topic on our page in recent months and a reader dug this out from 2013 and sent it in. Michael Egnor imagines an interview with Darwinian evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne on deplatforming opponents:
A month ago, Dr. Coyne wrote threatening letters to Ball State University about a course offered at Ball State in the department of astronomy. The university offered a course called The Boundaries of Science, which examines the philosophical and theological implications of cosmology, physics and biology…
We at Dissociated Press wanted to know more about the controversy, so we sat down with Dr. Coyne for an interview.
(DP) Why are you upset with Ball State University?
I told them not to talk about religion and science.
What did they do?
They’re still talking about it. After I told them not to.
The course is an elective, taken voluntarily by adults who choose it. Doesn’t the First Amendment guarantee free speech, especially in the public sphere?
I think that, unfortunately, the Founding Fathers made a transcription error in the First Amendment. They meant to say “speech-free” instead of “free speech”. It was before Darwin, so people made a lot of mistakes.
Why would the Founding Fathers want the public square to be speech-free?
It was a founding principle of the men who wrote the Bill of Rights– Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln– that you’re not supposed to say things that experts don’t like.Michael Egnor, “Jerry Coyne: I told them to stop talking. Why are they still talking?” at Egnorance
See also: Jerry Coyne jumps into the Dawkins eugenics row. Contrary to Coyne’s and Dawkin’s claims, dog breeding is DEvolution for dogs. It usually works that way, as Michael Behe points out in Darwin Devolves. Dogs are bred by humans at the expense of their genetic health.
Jerry Coyne jumps into the Dawkins eugenics row. Contrary to Coyne’s and Dawkin’s claims, dog breeding is DEvolution for dogs. It usually works that way, as Michael Behe points out in Darwin Devolves. Dogs are bred by humans at the expense of their genetic health.