Nobody else is apparently blogging here, deep in August, so here goes:
– Did Dawkins actually read Behe’s Edge of Evolution ? Someone (hat tip to whoever) has pointed out that the New York Times review does not read as though he did. Hence the irrelevant riff on dog breeding.
The basic problem, in my view, is that Behe outclasses Dawkins. Behe is a working biochemist who knows exactly what Darwinian evolution has and hasn’t done. Unlike Dawkins, who has contributed nothing of substance to science for many years, he does not make Darwinian evolution a substitute for religion. So it is safe for him to know what it can and cannot do.
– What, exactly, is “evolutionary” public health? Robert Aunger, an evolutionary biologist, wants to be in public health (And why not? It is more obviously useful to keep the living alive than to tell stories about the dead, I am sure.) But what a curious title! I wonder if I will hear about “evolutionary emergency medicine” next? (My recent Google search turned up nothing so far, but have patience! Surely, some stalwart souls will settle for evolutionary time scales for treatment.)
Actually, Aunger, to his credit, has begun to alert the world to the silliness virus that has afflicted evolutionary psychology, which Mario Beauregard and I outline in The Spiritual Brain.
– Ann Coulter takes a shot at Darwinism in the last graff of this column:
If conservatives are the ones driven by ideological passions, then why are liberals the ones always falling for laughable hoaxes in support of their anti-war ideological agenda? And if liberal beliefs are true, why do they need all the phony stunts to prove them? How about liberals keep hoaxes out of politics and return them to their rightful place: “proving” Darwinian evolution.
Note to Stunned Stateside*: Please do not write to me to announce that Ann Coulter is outrageous. Yes. We know. We noticed. We all noticed. And we received all your information. She makes a living out of that. And every little bit of the fuel comes from YOU, stunned one!! If you could contrive to ignore her .. but, well, you can’t, can you?
– Here’s a podcast explaining how I got involved with the intelligent design controversy. If you do not find it entertaining, try asking for your money back.
Now have a good summer weekend, and see you again soon.
(*Usage note: “Stateside” = Canadianism, refers to Americans. Short for “on the United States’ side”)