British physicist John Polkinghorne thinks that biologists see a more disorderly universe:
I think two effects produce this hostility. One is that biologists see a much more perplexing, disorderly, and painful view of reality than is presented by the austere and beautiful order of fundamental physics. . . . There is, however, a second effect at work of much less intellectual respectability. Biology, through the unravelling of the molecular basis of genetics, has scored an impressive victory, comparable to physics’ earlier elucidation of the motions of the solar system through the operation of universal gravity. The post-Newtonian generation was intoxicated with the apparent success of universal mechanism and wrote books boldly proclaiming that man is a machine. Dan Peterson, “Why does hostility to theism tend to be more pronounced among some biologists than among physicists?” at Patheos
He thinks they’ve got another think coming. But to what extent do some biologists hate a lot of things generally? Consider, for example, “PZ Myers blows off attack on Bret Weinstein” or “Priceless: A Plea To Son With Down Syndrome To Be Tolerant Of Dawkins” These guys’ world probably isn;t that much messier than ours; it’s more a question of focus in some cases.
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