Tuesday, April 13, 2010

What's Jerry up to?

It's been a while since we visited Jerry Coyne, the Robespierre of the New Atheists.

We have here Jerry being skeptical of Krista Tippett. I have no comment, as I have no knowledge or opinion about Tippett.

But I did notice Jerry can't help descending into his usual anti-intellectualism:
Of course science is an enemy of religion, for its method is doubt, empirical testing, and the rejection of ideas for which there’s no evidence.
That's Jerry for you. Proof by italics. (A variant of proof by assertion and its cousin the argument by intimidation:

You believe what? Well oh my! Don't you know that everybody who is anybody knows that…blah, blah, blah.)

That is as deep, outside biology, as Coyne gets.

Jerry never takes aim with his enemy-of-science description "for its method is doubt, empirical testing, and the rejection of ideas for which there's no evidence" at his own gospel. He has never ever presented evidence for his claim that science and religion are incompatible. According to Coyne's scientific method: they just are.

He is one of the more contemptible practitioners of that which he claims is the enemy of science: proof claims sans actual evidence.

There is a word for such a person, one who claims to support a position while denying it in practice. The word is hypocrite.

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